KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots
SERIES: Third meeting. Browns lead 2-0. Terry Robiskie earned his only victory as an interim coach when the Browns beat the Texans 22-14 in the final game of the 2004 season. Robiskie was 0-4 before the game in Houston.
2005 RANKINGS: Browns: offense 26th (28th rush, 21st pass); defense
29th (28th rush, 23rd pass). Texans: offense 32nd (15th rush, 32nd pass);
defense 30th (32nd rush, 20th pass)
PREDICTION: Texans 24-20
KEYS TO THE GAME: QB Trent Dilfer keeps his starting job for at least another game, but must take better care of the ball after turning it over eight times in the past three weeks. His job would be much easier if he received more help from his running game. While RB Reuben Droughns is on pace to become the franchise's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, the Browns do not have a rushing touchdown this season. The Texans allow 5.0 yards per carry and have been simply worn down on defense in most games because of the offense's inability to put drives together. With WR Andre Johnson likely to miss his third consecutive game, the Texans desperately need Jabar Gaffney to step up and take advantage of a Browns secondary playing without top CB Gary Baxter. Cleveland has only eight sacks, so this is Houston's best opportunity to provide QB David Carr sufficient time to look downfield.
FAST FACTS: Browns: Have won both previous meetings. ... Have forced at least one turnover in 19 consecutive games. Texans: Carr can tie a career record with a touchdown pass in his sixth consecutive game. ... RB Domanick Davis has scored a touchdown in 12 of his past 15 games.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES:
- DE Gary Walker (shoulder) participated in his first practice Thursday
but is still not expected to play Sunday.
- RG Zach Wiegert (ankle) remains out and is not expected to play Sunday.
- WR Andre Johnson (calf) is making limited appearances in practice but
would not be 100 percent if he was to play Sunday.
- DE Travis Johnson did not start last Sunday because of a formation that
was used. Junior Ioane replaced him, but Johnson remains the starter and
will start there Sunday.
- RB Domanick Davis does not appeared slowed by a sprained wrist he injured last week. He will play Sunday.