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- Browns Schedule Week 16: Scouting the Houston Texans (Matt Wilson) - The Cleveland Browns are heading down to Texas this week to face the 8-6 Houston Texans in what should be another exciting AFC conference matchup. Despite the Texans winning five out of their last seven games, they continue to show two main weaknesses each week.
- Browns lose another starter to injury (Thomas Moore) - Another day, another starter out for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday when they face the Houston Texans. The Browns released their injury report on Friday for the game. Not only was linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. listed as out, but the club later revealed that Walker had undergone an arthroscopic procedure on his knee, leaving him week to week.
- Browns, Texans Final Injury Report: CJ Stroud among 7 players ruled out, 4 questionable (Jared Mueller) - The Cleveland Browns have high hopes to make the playoffs this year but continue to have to overcome injuries. LB Anthony Walker was revealed to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee that will keep him out of Week 16 and potentially more. The Houston Texans are dealing with injury concerns of their own this week. Thursday we covered reports that three of Houston’s best players would likely miss this week’s game.
- Browns vs. Texans: Week 16 Need to Know (Thomas Moore) - The Cleveland Browns head to Houston on Sunday with visions of the playoffs dancing in their heads as they take on the Houston Texans. Here is everything you need to know about the game.
- This Joe Flacco pass could be a sign of an unlocked Browns offense (Jared Mueller) - The Joe Flacco era with the Cleveland Browns has started to turn the page into hyperbole or hysteria at this point. Flacco has been much better than anyone expected despite the continuation of turnover issues from Browns quarterbacks this season. That there is a Flacco tribute video with Taylor Swift playing behind it might be a little much at this point, however.
- Browns vs Texans: 3 key things to watch in Week 16 (Curtiss Brown) - The Cleveland Browns are en fuego (that’s on fire in Spanish) with a two-game winning streak and they hope to continue that on the road this Sunday when they visit the Houston Texans in this Week 16 matchup. Like last week, this is a crucial matchup in terms of Cleveland’s playoff hopes as they aren’t virtual locks just yet but a win on Sunday could strengthen their place in the wild card race.
- Michael Dunn ready to fill in once again on Browns offensive line if called upon (Beacon Journal) - Michael Dunn was stunned the first time he had to actually go in to replace Joel Bitonio in a game this season. The fact it happened a second time is almost unexplainable to the reserve Cleveland Browns offensive lineman.
- Amari Cooper can become the 1st receiver in Browns history to accomplish this feat (cleveland.com) - Amari Cooper is on the verge of a feat that no other Browns receiver or tight end has accomplished in the history of the club.
- With visions of playoffs dancing in their heads, Browns try to maintain narrow focus (Browns Zone) - The Cleveland Browns can almost taste the playoffs. The proximity to the postseason is really testing coach Kevin Stefanski’s “1-0 this week” mantra the team has embraced in this season of injuries, adversity and last-second wins. The Browns would need a super set of blinders not to look ahead at least a little.
- Denzel Ward glad to be back on the field following shoulder injury and ready for a playoff push (clevelandbrowns.com) - Denzel Ward is in playoffs mode as the Browns are currently the fifth seed in the AFC standings with three games left.
- Why Cade York’s return to Philadelphia is about chance at redemption with NY Giants (northjersey.com) - The trajectory of Cade York’s NFL career dramatically changed the last time he was in Philadelphia.
- Why a disconnected Chargers team was Brandon Staley’s downfall (ESPN) - The unraveling of the Los Angeles Chargers began in Jacksonville on Jan. 14. Coach Brandon Staley had led an injury-ravaged team to wins in four of its last five games during the 2022 season, securing a playoff matchup with the Jaguars on that Saturday evening. When the Chargers bolted to a 27-0 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter, it appeared the late-season surge would continue. Then it all fell apart.
- The Philadelphia Eagles offense looks boring and broken. There are no easy fixes (The Ringer) - The Eagles keep trying to run the same offense as last season, but it’s no longer working for Jalen Hurts and Co. Can they find a solution in time to make another Super Bowl run?
- Falcons fined $100,000 over handling of Bijan Robinson’s sickness vs. Bucs (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) - The Atlanta Falcons were fined $75,000 and coach Arthur Smith $25,000 for violating the NFL injury-reporting policy before the club’s Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a league source told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.