The string of struggling quarterbacks on the Browns' schedule continues this week when they face the Texans' David Carr in Houston. In successive weeks they faced the Bears' Kyle Orton and the Ravens' Anthony Wright.
Last week Cleveland played Detroit. Lions quarterback Joey Harrington had been having so many problems that Jeff Garcia was made the starter instead. The Browns shut down Orton, but at one point Wright completed 18 of 22 passes. Garcia was 22 of 34 passes for 210 yards.
"I don't care what (Carr's) rating is," cornerback Daylon McCutcheon said. "If he's in the NFL, he has to be good. Their team would have been 8-8 if they beat us last year, and it's essentially the same team."
The Browns concluded last season in Houston on Jan. 2. The Browns won 22-14. Carr completed 15 of 25 passes but for only 114 yards. His longest completion was 15 yards, and he was sacked six times. The Browns would take that again, but six sacks is unlikely, despite the number of times Carr has been dumped this season, including five last week while attempting only nine passes against the Colts.
If Carr is to have a good day passing, the Browns are a team he could post numbers against. Pass rush continues to be a problem for the Browns (eight sacks in six games) and they continue to play soft in pass coverage. Quarterbacks have completed 71.9 percent of their passes against the Browns.
The philosophy is to give up yards but not give up points. The Colts scored 13, the Bears 10, the Ravens 16 and the Lions 13. Manning completed 19 of 23 passes, Orton 16 of 26 and Wright 23 of 31.
"We've been able to keep (our opponents) out of the end zone so far and hold them to field-goal attempts," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "Hopefully, that will continue. If they can keep hanging in there, improve the offense and get on track, then we can put ourselves in positions to win in the fourth quarter."
BAD OFFENSE CANCELS OUT SOLID D: The Browns defense played well again, but the offense failed to post a touchdown for the second straight week during a 13-10 loss to the Lions. The offense has scored two touchdowns in the past four games. The only touchdown against the Lions was scored on a 90-yard kickoff return by Joshua Cribbs.
Trent Dilfer completed just 10 of 19 passes for 73 yards. He threw three interceptions and had a 22.4 passer rating. He has turned the ball over eight times in the past three games. He had a 53.3 rating the previous week in a 16-3 loss to the Ravens.
"I played a stinker," Dilfer said. "Last week I didn't play my best, either. I came out feeling good. I felt we could move the ball and score points, and it didn't work."