Week 10 is a huge game for a Browns team looking to get into serious playoff contention coming off its bye week. In a role reversal of 2018's meeting in Week 13, a 29-13 Texans home victory which helped keep Houston hot late and helped them make the playoffs, the Browns are now the team looking to take care of business against a struggling Houston team thrust into a coaching transition.
Nick Chubb and Austin Hooper are nearly certain to return, and Wyatt Teller could join them, providing a massive boost to an offense that will need to find its identity in the second half, lacking star playmaker Odell Beckham, Jr. Co-star Jarvis Landry continues to see his performance impacted by a broken rib so its unclear just how much he can impact games with his injury.
On defense, the hope is that a week of rest and recovery will see the defensive line play with more power and speed than they showed against Las Vegas in Week 8's loss. The defense certainly needs them to play better because the back end of the defense remains a massive question mark.
When the DBs make big plays, and catch interceptions thrown right to them, they have shown they can overcome their collective weakness in coverage. But when they don't generate turnovers, this unit can't be counted on to get a stop when it matters -- outside of The Warden, Denzel Ward, that is. Ward is playing at an All-Pro level and one shudders to think where this defense would be without him.
Especially because the linebackers remain an absolute disaster. It's hard to see how the Browns defense can overcome two sub-standard units on a regular basis to actually contend for a first-round win.
That journey begins on Sunday, November 15. Until then, let's kick off this thread with Houston's performance in Week 9 vs. Jacksonville, where we join the action with the Texans up 13-7 in Q2...