WHEN THE BROWNS PASS
Rookie Baker Mayfield has been on fire with seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in the last two games, both double-digit victories. The Austin native is the first rookie quarterback to post back-to-back games with a rating of at least 140.0. He has 17 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 93.2 rating. He’s a fierce competitor who’ll stand in under pressure to find receivers. He’s also got good mobility and can throw well on the run. Veteran Jarvis Landry (60 catches, 630 yards, two touchdowns) and tight end David Njoku (41, 431 and three) are his leading receivers. Duke Johnson Jr. (34, 335 and three) is effective out of the backfield. Even though the Texans beat Tennessee carved up the by 17 pass points, defense Marcus with Mariota 22-of-23 for 307 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. The pass coverage has to be better against the Browns, who are 23rd (225.5) in passing and 29th in passing yards per play (5.74). The Texans are eighth in defense (333.6), including 12th (236.8) against the pass. They’ll try to contain Mayfield in the pocket and hope J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, who have combined for 18½ sacks, can get to him.