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The Houston Texans showed up to NRG stadium today with something to prove. The Texans defense forced rookie Baker Mayfield into throwing three interceptions in the first quarter, as the Texans cruised to a 23-0 lead in the first half.
The Cleveland Browns seemed to make the right adjustments coming out of the half, as they drove down the field and scored a touchdown on a goalline run by Nick Chubb. Due to constant penalties on both sides of the ball, the Browns cooled off after the quick 3rd quarter touchdown. On the following drive, Mayfield threw what looked to be a 76-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway, but it was called back due to a holding call on Browns left tackle Greg Robinson. Two plays later, Mayfield connected with Callaway once again for 71 yards, before Antonio Callaway got stripped by Texans safety Justin Reid at the 1-yardline.
Baker Mayfield finished the game with 397 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions, Nick Chubb ran for 31 yards on 9 attempts, and Jarvis Landry led all Browns in receiving with 103 yards on 6 receptions. Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left the game in the first half with a concussion, and Larry Ogunjobi injured his biceps in the second quarter and did not return.
The Cleveland Browns will return home to take on the Carolina Panthers next week on Sunday, December 9th. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm ET at FirstEnergy Stadium.