CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s been a rough day for Cleveland on their trip to Houston. The Browns lost their two-game winning streak after the Texans defeated them 29-13. And, it was also arguably Baker Mayfield’s worst game as the Browns’ quarterback.
Cleveland’s rough day began at the start of the game. The Browns held Houston to a field goal on their opening drive.
Cleveland couldn’t muster up anything after that.
The Texans scored a field goal and a touchdown during the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Browns had no scoring drives.
At the start of the second quarter, quarterback Baker Mayfield was picked off by Texans’ linebacker Zach Cunningham. Cunningham returned the interception for goal.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 2, 2018
Houston then picked off Mayfield again and scored a field goal on that drive.
Mayfield was then picked off again by Texans safety Andre Hal.
Then, Houston scored another field goal, ending the half with a 23-0 lead against Cleveland.
The Browns managed to put points on the board at the start of the second half. Running back Nick Chubb rushed two yards for a touchdown, raising the score 23-7.
Then, Houston scored another field goal, increasing their lead 26-7 at the end of the third.
Also during the third quarter, two Browns players were ruled out for the remainder of the game. Cornerback Denzel Ward suffered a concussion and defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi suffered an injury to his bicep.
Injury Report: CB Denzel Ward (concussion) and DL Larry Ogunjobi (bicep) are both ruled out.#CLEvsHOU
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 2, 2018
The Texans continuing to maintain their forceful lead as they were first to score in the fourth quarter. Houston’s kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 48-yard field goal.
The Browns managed to score their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. The team attempted a two-point conversion, however Mayfield’s pass to wide receiver Antonio Callaway was incomplete and the attempt failed.
The final score was 29-13.
Those performances earned quarterback Baker Mayfield the Rookie of the Month honors and the Rookie of the week honors.
The Texans defense that was one of the best in the league giving up an average of 20 points per game; Houston had also racked up 11 sacks over their prior two games.