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The Houston Texans were without their top offensive weapon, running back Arian Foster, but that did not matter much, as rookie rusher Alfred Blue accounted for 156 yards in a 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Blue surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his NFL career, and proved more than capable of carrying the load for an offense that had first-time starter, Ryan Mallett, at quarterback. Mallett threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

“To have the momentum and a little bit of time off, it’s disappointing to come out and play that way,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said. “I told the guys we won’t be a team that makes excuses. We got beat soundly today in all three phases.

“They made a lot more plays than we did. We did have some opportunities, but came up small at the bigger moments. There’s not much more else to say than that.”

Houston improved to 5-5 with the victory, while the Browns dropped to 6-4 overall and into a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens for first place in the AFC North Division. The loss was only the second at home for the Browns this year.

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source: Wkyc.com

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