Week 9: Browns vs. Texans

The Browns are about to get a beat down.

The Texans are a damn good football team with weapons all across the board on both sides of the ball.  The Browns… not so much, but you know that already.  I whole heartily believe the only way the Browns win today is if somehow a miracle occurs.

Even though the Texans will be without their stud wide receiver Andre Johnson, they still have Matt Schaub, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Owen Daniels, Kevin Walter, and Derek Mason.  What do the Browns have that can keep up with that group?  First off, Peyton Hillis is out again and might possibly be done for the season thanks to his hamstring.  That means we get to see a heavy dose of Chris Ogbonnaya and some guy from off the street named Thomas Clayton… ugh.  Second, Colt McCoy has played like crap.  Third, the wide receiving corp hasn’t been able to get open.  Third, the offensive line can’t protect worth a crap.  Fourth, Pat Shurmur’s play calling has been atrocious.  Other than that… things are great.

Are you beginning to understand why I feel like the Browns are about to experience a beat down?

I really don’t have much to say on the game in all honesty.  I could go on and on about what I think they should do today to win, but I just don’t feel like there’s anything they can do to actually pull it off.  Maybe Houston is looking ahead and this becomes a trap game.  Maybe Arian Foster’s hamstring blows up.  Seriously, it’s hard to find something the Browns could do to leave Houston with a victory.

Man, am I ever bitter or what?

I guess we’ll give this a shot…

5 Things the Browns Need to Do to Win:

1.  Contain Arian Foster:  Good luck.  No one’s been able to do it this year.  In fact, the Texans running game is so good even their back up, Ben Tate, is on pace to have a 1,000 yard season.  So yes, while it’s important that the Browns stop Foster, it probably won’t happen.

2.  Take away the Tight Ends:  With Andre Johnson out yet again, Matt Schaub is sure to focus on his tight ends.  That means a big day and lots of targets for Owen Daniels and Joel Dreesen.  If they Browns can cover them close and keep Schaub from getting the ball to them in space, it might keep the Texans from putting up 40 on us.

3.  Protect McCoy:  I still believe this has been the biggest issue involving McCoy’s play.  He has absolutely no time to sit back in the pocket and throw the ball.  He’s constantly running for his life and has probably had about 35 near death experiences in the first 7 games of the season.  Maybe, just maybe, if the offensive line can protect him McCoy can actually have a decent day throwing the ball.

4.  Smarter play calling:  Here’s an idea.  How about not calling pass plays on 3rd and 2 that involve a pass backwards 8 yards behind the line of scrimmage?  Just sayin’.  Seriously, Shurmur needs to pull his head out of his butt and find the mojo that made him an offensive guru.  Oh, and how about sending Greg Little or Carlton Mitchell deep?  It might help open things up a bit.

5.  Don’t turn the ball over:  The Browns are going to struggle to keep up with the Texans high-octane offense.  That means they can’t afford to give them extra possessions.  Hold onto the ball, don’t make any crazy stupid decisions, and be smart with the football.

So What Happens?

This is going to be ugly.  I know this going into it… yet I insist on watching it.  Why?  I have no idea.  Maybe I’m a masochist.  I don’t know.  So with all of that said, I think the Browns lose 34-17.

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