WHEN THE BROWNS PASS

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - SPORTS SUNDAY -

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.

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