Houston Texans Start Fast, Crush Cleveland Browns 30-12

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Browns Vs. Texans Score: Colt McCoy Hits Josh Cribbs On 2-Yard Touchdown Pass

Josh Cribbs is the only weapon the Cleveland Browns have. A 65-yard kickoff return set up the Browns’ first field goal of the game, and his 5 receptions for 50 yards lead the team. Cribbs also has the only touchdown for the Browns, a 2-yard pass from Colt McCoy to cut the Houston Texans lead to 30-12 late in the fourth quarter.

The Browns went for two after the score but failed.

Cribbs has wanted more touches and the Browns have obliged today. It hasn’t helped, however, as the Browns have just 172 total yards – just 146 through the air.

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Browns Vs. Texans: Mohamed Massaquoi Gone For The Game With Injury

Mohamed Massaquoi tried to return on Sunday after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. Perhaps it was a bit too soon. Massaquoi has left today’s game against the Houston Texans due to lingering effects of the concussion.

Massaquoi did not record a reception during the game and was only targeted once by quarterback Colt McCoy. The Browns offense has struggled all season, but has just 19 points total that past three games.

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Browns Vs. Texans: Two 50-Yard Field Goals By Phil Dawson Account For Browns Scoring

The Cleveland Browns offense is a mess. It might be hitting a new low today in Houston against the Texans. Through 3 quarters against the Texans, the Browns have amassed just 108 yards of offense and the only points on the scoreboard come thanks to kicker Phil Dawson who has two 50-yard field goals.

Colt McCoy has struggled, going 9/16 for 89 yards and the Browns have just 37 yards on the ground. Cleveland has turned the ball over twice and McCoy has been sacked four times.

Josh Cribbs has three catches for 28 yards, and has 94 yards in kickoff returns. Not much else has gone right for Cleveland who is on their way to falling to 3-5 on the season.

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Browns Vs. Texans Score: Colt McCoy Interception Leads To Field Goal, 24-3 Houston Lead

The Cleveland Browns are in bog trouble in Texas, trailing the Houston Texans 24-3 at halftime.  Houston took advantage of a late Colt McCoy interception to get in position for a 28-yard field goal on the final play of the first half, the 2nd turnover of the game by the Browns. 

Houston has racked up 222 yards of offense, 132 yards rushing, and Matt Schaub is 10/15 for 90-yards.  Arian Foster has 64 yards on 10 carries while Ben Tate has 66 yards on just four carries for Houston.  The Texans leas time of possession 16:36-13:24.

Colt McCoy has struggled in his homecoming-of-sorts to the state of Texas where he starred in high school and college.  McCoy was just 6-12 in the first half for 54 yards and an interception.  McCoy's longest completion is for 13 yards.  Chris Ogbonnaya leads the rushing attack for the Browns with 20 yards on 10 carries.

D'Qwell Jackson has an interception for the Browns but there have been few bright spots for Cleveland so far.

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Browns Vs. Texans Score: Arian Foster Strikes, Texans Lead Browns 21-3

Coming into Sunday's action, the Cleveland Browns led the NFL in not allowing big plays.  That will likely change today.  Ben Tate had already scored from 27-yards out, and now Arian Foster got into the act.  Foster gave the Texans their third rushing touchdown of the day - a 19-yard burst - giving the home team a 21-3 lead midway through the 2nd quarter.

Houston has already racked up 216 total yards of offense, 126 on the ground, and are averaging nearly 10 yards per carry in the first half.  Houston is 5-6 on third down have piled up 10 first downs to just for the Browns.  Cleveland has just 38 yards and Cleveland has shown no signs of being able to move the ball against Houston's defense.

While the Browns rely on Chris Ogbonnaya to carry the load, Houston has Tate and Foster.  Tate 66 yards on just four carries while Foster has 58 yards on 8 carries.  Even Matt Schaub has gotten into the act scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run.

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Peyton Hillis Status: Injury Report Says Questionable, But Could Miss Two Weeks

The Peyton Hillis injury saga has been something to watch nearly every week for the Cleveland Browns and, after the team released it's final injury report of the week, it seems that won't be getting any better. The running back is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans, but reports are the injury might be much worse.

Hillis is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks after re-injuring his hamstring Friday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. His MRI apparently showed "significant aggravation," causing the downgrade in his status among those close to the team. 

Fellow running back Montario Hardesty was also listed as out on the team's final injury report of the week, leaving Chris Ogbonnaya and Thomas Clayton as the team's only healthy backs. Ogbonnaya is expected to start on Sunday if Hillis is out as reported.

Defensive back Dmitri Patterson and defensive lineman Auston English are the only other players ruled out for this weekend. Along with Hillis, Tony Pashos, Ray Ventrone and Kaluka Maiava are all listed as questionable after being limited in the final practice of the week.

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Peyton Hillis' Attitude Hurting Cleveland Browns Locker Room, According To Report

Peyton Hillis and the Cleveland Browns have enough problems with their team the way it is without getting into off the field issues. Unfortunately it seems that's exactly what is happening as Hillis's interest in getting a new contract has spilled into issues with his fellow teammates.

Hillis has seemed distracted while battling injury issues as of late and, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, his teammates have decided to take matters into their own hands.

By Wednesday, a group of about eight Browns veterans had summoned Hillis into a meeting room for an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus.

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"I've never seen anything like it," says one Browns veteran. "Last year, Peyton was such a positive, inspirational force on our team - but now he's like a different guy. It's like he's in a funk that he can't get out of, and it's killing us, because we really need him. And we've told him that. But we're at the point where we just don't know what to do."

In a surprising turn of events, a couple of the Browns' top players even went on record with their issues to Yahoo! for their report.

"A few guys tried to talk to him, to make him understand the best way to go about things is to put your head down and do the best you possibly can," said All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas, the team's best and highest-paid player. "Because if the Browns aren't going to pay you, some team will break the bank - and either way you need to play hard."

Added linebacker Scott Fujita: "The fact that everyone has to get asked about [Hillis' situation] by the local beat writers every day, it's started to create a distraction, and it's a shame that it has to be that way. I'm never gonna be in a position to question a player's toughness. I just want him to be healthy and in the right frame of mind to help the team. More than anything else, that's what our conversation with him was about."

There's really no telling how this ends, but considering Hillis will be out a few weeks after re-injuring his hamstring in practice this week, the questions about the team's star running back probably won't slow down.

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