• The Texans ran the ball extremely well in this game. It was clear by the number of run play calls that this was an important part of their game plan, and they executed it well.
• Defensively the Texans put forth one of the more impressive defensive game planning performances of the year. Houston collected four turnovers on defense, but of particular note was the interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Zach Cunningham. On Cleveland’s first 3rd down of the game, Cunningham was in a similar position and was able to deflect Mayfield’s pass. The position of Cunningham around each of these pass plays as well as the two other interceptions for the defense on the day made it apparent that Mayfield’s tendencies had been very well scouted and accounted for in the game plan.
• Both coaches made errors at the end of the first half with regard to game clock management. Gregg Williams called a timeout that benefited Houston’s offense more than it did Cleveland’s as they were driving and in field goal range with less than a minute left in the half. On a subsequent play, however, Bill O’Brien needlessly burned about 15 seconds off the clock before calling a timeout.