NFL Week 13 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 27, Houston Texans 14

Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson completed just 12 passes in his first game back, but it didn't matter in the end, as the Cleveland Browns leaned on three non-offensive touchdowns to beat the Houston Texans 27-14.

Offensive spotlight: Browns RB Kareem Hunt made a significant impact for the Browns out of the backfield, turning nine carries into 56 yards and adding 18 yards from two catches. In all, 43 of his rushing yards came after contact and he forced four missed tackles.

Defensive spotlight: Cornerback Denzel Ward will make the highlight reels for his 4-yard fumble return for a touchdown, but he also did a terrific job in coverage today. Targeted three times, he allowed just one catch for a mere 3 yards and forced an incompletion.

Rookie spotlight: Texas running back Dameon Pierce bounced back in a big way, rushing for 73 yards and three first downs across 18 carries. He forced six missed tackles on first review, taking his tally to 60 on the year.

Offensive line spotlight: Neither offensive line stood out in pass protection today. On first review, the Browns gave up 10 pressures on 24 passing plays, while the Texans gave up seven pressures — and 11 additional losses — on 34.

Box Score

Passing
CLEVELAND BROWNS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Deshaun Watson 6.3 12 / 22 131 6.0 0 1 1 53.4
HOUSTON TEXANS
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Kyle Allen 9.1 20 / 39 201 5.2 1 2 0 53.5
Rushing
CLEVELAND BROWNS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Kareem Hunt 9.4 9 56 6.2 0 15 0
Nick Chubb 8.0 17 80 4.7 0 21 0
Deshaun Watson 6.3 7 21 3.0 0 11 0
Harrison Bryant 2.4 1 8 8.0 0 8 0
Anthony Schwartz 1.8 1 6 6.0 0 6 1
Jerome Ford 0.3 3 3 1.0 0 4 0
HOUSTON TEXANS
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Dameon Pierce 12.5 18 73 4.1 0 11 0
Kyle Allen 9.1 2 1 0.5 0 1 1
Dare Ogunbowale 4.1 2 8 4.0 0 6 0
Receiving
CLEVELAND BROWNS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Donovan Peoples-Jones 13.4 3 3 44 14.7 0 27
Kareem Hunt 9.4 3 2 18 6.0 0 11
Nick Chubb 8.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Amari Cooper 8.0 9 4 40 4.4 0 13
Harrison Bryant 2.4 1 1 6 6.0 0 6
Pharaoh Brown 2.1 1 1 11 11.0 0 11
Anthony Schwartz 1.8 1 1 12 12.0 0 12
Demetric Felton Jr. 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
David Bell 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
HOUSTON TEXANS
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Nico Collins 12.5 10 3 35 3.5 1 16
Dameon Pierce 12.5 3 3 22 7.3 0 14
Brevin Jordan 8.6 5 4 46 9.2 0 20
Chris Moore 7.6 3 3 46 15.3 0 39
Jordan Akins 5.1 6 3 21 3.5 0 11
Dare Ogunbowale 4.1 3 2 13 4.3 0 7
Phillip Dorsett 3.8 3 2 18 6.0 0 11
Teagan Quitoriano 0.0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0
Troy Hairston 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0

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