Tone Set Early

Early mistakes, getting behind early in games and failing to get a struggling offense in gear has been the trend of the Cleveland Browns, and Sunday in Houston, Texas was no different.

Déjà vu all over again!

It's getting to be a trend with the Browns. Similar to a week ago in San Francisco, the Browns shot themselves in the foot before fans had settled into their seats.

After giving up an 82-yard drive to open the game, the Browns found themselves down 7-0. Then to make matters worse, on the teams first offensive play, Chris Ogbonnaya fumbled and the Texans quickly made it 14-0.

Against the 49ers, Colt McCoy fumbled a snap on the Browns' second offensive play. Moments later, Frank Gore scored a touchdown which set the tone for the game that the Browns couldn't overcome.

The route was on again in Houston as the Browns lost their second game in a row, 30 to 12. The Browns drop to 3-5 and host the Rams next Sunday.

However, the story of the game was the Browns inability to stop the one-two punch of Arian Foster and Ben Tate.

The Texans set a franchise record as they rushed for 261 yards on 40 attempts with two running backs going over 100 yards. They averaged 6.5 yards per game rushing. Foster had 124 yards rushing and Tate had 115. Both players scored rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Schaub also rushed for a two-yard touchdown to give the Texans three rushing scores. Overall, the Texans had 381 yards in offense.

The Browns defense came into the game as the sixth-ranked overall defense in the NFL, even though they were 26th against the rush.


Thank Goodness for Phil: The Browns two scored against the Texans were field goals by K Phil Dawson from 51- and 50-yards out. With the Browns unable to get near the end zone they're relying on Dawson to put points on the board.

Cribbs does it All: WR/KR Josh Cribbs was the brightest spot in the team's 30-12 loss to the Texans as he accumulated 147 all-purpose yards. Cribbs had a 63-yard kickoff return to spark the Browns after they went behind 14-0. However, Cribbs was called for grabbing a tackler's face mask and the Browns started at their 48 and scored on a 50-yard field goal by K Phil Dawson. Cribbs made the tackle on the opening kickoff and another later in the game. Cribbs had two kickoff returns for 94 yards, including a 63-yard return. Cribbs caught five passes for 50 yards, including a touchdown. After Cribbs' long return, the Texans didn't kickoff to him. He also had a punt return for 3 yards.

Tough Welcome Home: QB Colt McCoy returned to play in his home state for the first time as an NFL quarterback. He wasn't welcomed very nicely. He was just 6-of-12 for 54 yards and an interception in the first half. He was sacked twice. Overall, he was 14-of-22 (64 pct.) for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His QB rating was 79.0. He hit WR Josh Cribbs for a two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. McCoy was sacked four times. Most of McCoy's yardage was late in the game after the Browns were down, 30-6.

Fast Starters: The opposite of the Browns, the Texans came into the game tied for the league lead with 31 points on their opening drives. They made it 38 after a 9 play, 82 yard drive to open the game as RB Ben Tate broke loose and scored on a 27-yard touchdown run.

Slow Starts: There had been a lot of talk about the slow start of the Browns offense. The good news is they doubled their points scored for the season in the first quarter. The Browns had been outscored 44-3 in the first quarter coming into the game. The bad news is after the Texans game, they had been outscored 58-6. On their first play, RB Chris Ogbonnaya fumbled and the Texans recovered on the Browns' 28. However, after getting behind 14-0, the Browns scored on a 50-yard field goal by K Phil Dawson with 3:43 to play in the first quarter. The Browns are the only team in the NFL who haven't scored a touchdown on their first possession.

Dynamic Duo: The Browns were hit with the one-two punch of RB Arian Foster and RB Ben Tate. Each scored touchdowns in the first half before the midway point of the second quarter to build a 24-3 lead. The Texans had 132 yards rushing in the first half and finished with a franchise record 261 yards. Both backs went over 100 yards. Foster had 19 carries for 124 yards and Tate had 12 carries for 115 yards. Foster also had five receptions for 26 yards.

No Pressure: QB Matt Schaub had a lot of time against the Browns to throw. The Browns had no sacks. Schaub was 14-of-23 for 119 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He also had a two-yard run for a touchdown.

Pashos, Smith Hurt: OL Tony Pashos didn't start the second half. It is believed he re-injured his ankle. OL Artis Hicks replaced him at right tackle. TE Alex Smith went down in the third quarter.

Mass Down: WR Mohamed Massaquoi suffered another head injury after trying to return from a concussion. He did not return.

Cameron Sighting: Rookie TE Jordan Cameron caught a 7-yard pass from QB Colt McCoy for his first NFL catch in the third quarter.

Ward Down: S T.J. Ward injured his hand on the first defensive series. Ward was replaced by DB Usama Young and rookie DB Eric Hagg. Ward returned just before the half and Young injured his hip.

Adams to DQ: Just before the half, QB Matt Schaub tried to hit TE Owen Daniels deep in Browns territory but DB Mike Adams hit Daniels as the ball arrived and LB D'Qwell Jackson caught the deflection for the interception. He returned it to the 42. However, the Browns were unable to do anything and an interception with two seconds to play in the half set up a K Neil Rackers' field goal. LB Scott Fujita led the Browns with 9 tackles, while Jackson had 8 and DB Joe Haden had seven.

Vickers Start: Former Browns FB Lawrence Vickers started for the Texans after playing his first five seasons with the Browns. Vickers paved the way for RB Ben Tate and RB Arian Foster throughout the game as they rushed for yards.

Ogbonnaya Starts: RB Chris Ogbonnaya started his first game in the NFL in place of RB Peyton Hillis. Ogbonnaya was signed by the Browns on Oct. 19 off of the Texans' practice squad. RB Thomas Clayton was signed this week and played, as well. Ogbonnaya fumbled on his first carry after being hit by LB DeMeco Ryans and gave the ball to the Texans on their 28 and they scored moments later to trail 14-0. Ogbonnaya had 13 carries for 28 yards. Clayton had 5 carries for 10 yards, while QB Colt McCoy had three carries for six yards.

Skrine Play: Rookie DB Buster Skrine replaced injured DB Dimitri Patterson as the third cornerback. He had no tackles.

Browns Inactives: QB Thaddeus Lewis, DB Dimitri Patterson, RB Montario Hardesty, RB Peyton Hillis, DB Ray Ventrone,OL Steve Vallos and and DL Auston English.

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