CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - On a day where it was hard to pass the Browns played it smart and decided to run. Nick Chubb lead them with 126 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Hunt added 104 yards also on 19 carries. Chubb sealed the game with a 59-yard run in the final minute, he chose to run out of bounds at the 1 yard line instead of scoring a touchdown to give Houston the ball back. Baker Mayfield took one knee to end the windy day.
The game’s two touchdowns both came in the fourth quarter. Chubb scored from nine yards out to put the Browns up 10-0.
Deshaun Watson would lead a touchdown drive of his own, connecting with tight end Pharaoh Brown for a score to pull the Texans to within three points.
It was a 3-0 game for most of the day. The Browns scored on their first drive of the game. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 45 yards on the drive that ended in a Cody Parkey 41 yard field goal. The drive fizzled when there was a fumble on the snap, Mayfield recovered it and threw the ball away but was flagged for intentional grounding setting up a 4th and 17.
The Texans had other chances to score. Ka’imi Fairbairn missed a 46-yard field goal in the third quarter. In the first quarter they were facing a 4th and goal at the Browns two yard line and elected to go for it. Watson tried to run it in but Myles Garrett stopped him for no gain. Garrett finished the day with six tackles (four solo), two tackles for loss and half of a sack.
Bad weather delayed the start of the Browns game by 37 minutes. Lightning, hail and high winds hit the stadium just before kick off.
The Browns got their best offensive weapon back just in time to start the second half of the NFL season. Nick Chubb was activated on Saturday and is expected to resume his role as the Browns lead back when they take on the Texans on Sunday. Chubb went down in Week 4 against Dallas with a knee injury.
Houston enters the game with a 2-6 record, they are being coached by former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. “RAC," as he is called, took over for Bill O’Brien earlier this season. The Texans have been a disappointment after reaching the playoffs in 2019, but quarterback Deshaun Watson is still a bright spot. Watson has thrown for 2,376 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has six straight games with multiple passing touchdowns, the second-longest active streak in the league. Only Seattle’s Russell Wilson (9) has done better.