The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns game was delayed for about 30 minutes due to stormy weather in Cleveland on Sunday. Unfortunately, that extra 30 minutes was not enough time for the Texans to come up with a winning game plan with the poor weather conditions. The Texans lost to the Browns 10-7 and are now 2-7 on the season.
Deshaun Watson threw 163 yards by completing 20 of 30 passes. He threw a touchdown pass to Pharaoh Brown and had 36 yards rushing in total. The weather appeared to make a tough game even tougher, Watson recalled to media post game. He said, “A couple of times the ball was right there, but the wind took it a certain ways and directed it. So it was tough. It was tough on both sides. So that’s why, you know, they did a lot of bootlegs, draw up different screens like that. But, you know, same with us. So we had to pick our spots, try to throw it downfield because that’s what we wanted to do. It’s kind of hard with a heavy wind, but we can’t make any excuses. We didn’t capitalize, we didn’t connect and just came up short.”
“We didn’t do as well in the second half against their run,” interim head coach Romeo Crennel said. “In the first half, we slowed them down and really we stopped them in the first half. Then in the second half, we started getting out of position. I think guys started to try to make plays, against the running backs instead of staying in their gap and winning their position. And so that’s part of consistency. If you’re a consistent team, guys do what they’re supposed to do all the time, the majority of the time and we didn’t do that.”
Crennel also acknowledged that the weather conditions played a big role in the momentum of the game saying. “The conditions were such that they had to send both teams in before the game even started. So that kind of says something there. And then when we came back, it wasn’t sleeting and hailing, but the wind was a factor for both teams.”
In any case, a loss was not the desired outcome for the Texans. They will be back home to host the New England Patriots next week.