1. Cleveland Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is coming off a strong debut performance against the Chiefs, and he should be even more of a factor when he lines up against the Texans.
First off, the Texans are going to run. First-year head coach David Culley dialed up 41 rushing plays in victory last week, and he’s probably going to try and do more of the same again the Browns.
Most of the attention in this one will be focused on left tackle Laremy Tunsil going up against Myles Garrett. That’s where Clowney comes in. The 2014 No. 1 pick hasn’t lived up to the billing as a consistent pass rushing threat, but he’s always done well at stopping the run.
Plus, he may be able to get after Taylor a little bit, especially going up against Tytus Howard. The right tackle surrendered four pressures against Jacksonville. Look for Garrett and Clowney to flip flop on the line as well, as Garrett should be given a break from Tunsil every now and then.
The Browns have the personnel to slow Houston down. Behind the line, they’re faster at linebacker, so look for Anthony Walker to make more of an impact in addition to rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.
The second-round pick wasn’t all that visible in Week 1, but I think that changes against the Texans.