Light pre-game reading: Texans (4-5) at Browns (6-3)

– After Brian Hoyer starts on Sunday, he’ll have the fewest completions among quarterbacks who have started every game this season. He currently ranks ahead of only one quarterback  – the Texans Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was benched for today’s game in favor of Ryan Mallett.

– Cleveland leads the AFC with 13 interceptions and second in the NFL. Nine of the 13 interceptions have come in the last four games against Blake Bortles, Matt Schaub, Mike Glennon and Andy Dalton. Here’s synopsis of their 13 picks.

Dalton (3) – He ranks 28th (of 31) in passer rating, in short, Dalton has been the biggest quarterback disappointment in the NFL this season.
Glennon (2) – He was benched after this performance against the Browns, in favor of Josh McCown, who has lost all of his starts this year for Tampa Bay.
Schaub (1) – It is the only pass Schaub has thrown this season and it came on a trick play, fake field goal, botched snap.
Bortles (3) – This rookie quarterback leads the league in interceptions.
Roethlisberger (2) – One in each game in 77 overall pass attempts
Flacco (1)  & Brees (1) – The Browns had admirable performances against these two respectable quarterbacks, including beating Brees and the Saints and holding him to his fewest yards passing this season.

Now, to be fair, Ryan Mallett has never started and NFL game and has thrown only four career NFL passes. Unless he proves otherwise, he is no different than the riff-raff group the Bengals have faced the last four games, when they grabbed nine interceptions.

– The Browns ran the ball on the highest percentage of their plays in the league. They ran the ball 52 times with zero kneel downs in their 24-3 win against Cincinnati. But they averaged just 3.3 yard per rush, which of course is terrible. But that’s not the worst part for the Browns. The 3.3 yards per rush represented their best effort in their last four games. In their three previous games, they ran the ball 83 times for only 158 yards – a paltry 1.9 yards per rush. Oh yeah, and they faced the hapless Jaguars, Raiders and Buccaneers in those three games in which they were outscored 54-51.

– Andre Johnson is the longest tenured Texans and this will be the eighth time, he’ll take the field with a quarterback making their Texans debut. Three of the last four, T.J. Yates, Case Keenum and now Ryan Mallett, will be making their first ever NFL starts. Houston has won six of those eight games. Johnson missed Sage Rosenfels debut as Texans starting quarterback due to injury, a game the Texans also won. Here’s a look at Johnson’s numbers in the debuts.

Andre Johnson in QB debuts for Texans

Andre Johnson in QB debuts for Texans


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