Saturday, November 05, 2011

Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans: A Look Ahead at the Game

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (November 5, 2011) As the Houston Texans prepare to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, the Texans' coaches and players will look to continue their success and progress towards their first-ever NFL playoff appearance.

The Texans have been improving all season and have seen their defense make major strides under the leadership of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

But will all that said, the ultimate goal for the Texans is wins. It is as simple as that.

Wins are what they want and what they need.

But along with their major goals of winning and advancing to the playoffs; weekly goals are achieved along the way to help them down the road towards the playoffs.

With the Texans preparing to play their ninth game of the season, below is a list of the milestones they could achieve if they beat the Browns.

  • Improve head coach Gary Kubiak’s career record to 43-46 overall and 3-1 against Cleveland.
  • Improve Houston’s record against Cleveland to 4-3 in the all-time series.
  • Improve Houston’s home record to 4-1 this season.
  • Improve Houston’s record to 6-3, which would be the best mark through nine games in franchise history.

Sunday’s game will be sort of a homecoming for Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, who played his college ball for the University of Texas at Austin.

However, with the way the Texans’ defense has been playing, Sunday’s game could be a bittersweet trip for McCoy.

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