Texans at Browns preview


Nov 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tomorrow the Texans have caught a break, no Arian Foster did not magically heal. The weather on the other hand looks to be much nicer for football then earlier forecasts were leaning towards. Game time temps will be in the low 30’s with windchill bringing the temps down to the mid 20’s. Snow will be light if any and have ended before the game starts. This is good news. While throwing and catching in subfreezing temperatures is not ideal it’s a far better situation then a wind driven snow bowl! Speaking of wind, should be light around 5-10 knots.

As we stand eagerly awaiting to see how the Texans respond to a new quarterback, with Ryan Mallett about to get his first ever start in the NFL four years after being drafted by the New England Patriots it’s easy to look at this game and despair. A fourth year rookie, mid-season quarterback switch, no Foster, a hobbled Cushing and so far unreliable first round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney trying to take on the Browns in the dawg pound. Fear not, the Texans will win this game. I don’t just say that as a fan.

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Mallett has been readying for this moment for years. Think about waiting four years to get a chance to prove yourself. The team hasn’t given up like they had at this point last season. Foster may be out but the Texans aren’t running out an unhealthy Ben Tate, Cleveland is. We have Alfred Blue, whose going to get a chance to start and show he’s ready to take the mantle from Foster in the coming seasons. The Texan tight end’s have been non-factors through nine games. Enter Mallett whose used to using the tight ends. The Browns have no tape of this, and 9 games of non-use means the Texans have the advantage here by turning to Graham and Fiedorowicz.

With the weather conditions better then expected earlier in the week, the greatest asset Mallett has, his cannon arm is still in play. Former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick has never been known as a long pass threat. Mallett can be. If DeAndre Hopkins goes streaking down the field Mallett has the arm to hit him 50 yards down the field. That’s a very real threat that the Texans have lacked this season.

Texans 24, Browns 17.

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