Cleveland Browns: 3 players to watch in Week 13 against Houston Texans

Browns, Deshaun Watson (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have these three players to keep an eye on when they battle the Houston Texans on Sunday as they will likely affect the outcome

All eyes will be on the Cleveland Browns this week when they take on the Houston Texans in Week 13. It won’t be your normal Sunday for the Browns as they welcome quarterback Deshaun Watson for his debut game. He’s been suspended for most of the season so his return is a big deal for this 4-7 team that needs a spark to make a late run.

Cleveland got a big boost this past week when they upset Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jacoby Brissett made some great plays down the stretch that helped propel the Browns to the win. He hit tight end David Njoku with a spectacular pass in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter as Njoku was able to grab the hot pass with only his left hand and maintain control as he fell down toward the back of the endzone.

With that new energy for the Browns, can they carry that over to this next game? There will be several players to watch in this game to see if that positive energy can carry over.

3 Cleveland Browns to watch in Week 13

Browns, Martin Emerson
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No. 2: Martin Emerson, CB

It seems as if the rookie cornerback from Mississippi State was everywhere in the game against the Buccaneers last Sunday. Brady continually tried targeting his favorite receiver Mike Evans and almost every time Emerson was right there breaking up the pass.

The energy from Emerson has also been very noticeable as the season has moved along. He’s growing more confident with every snap and that’s fun to see. He’s recorded 50 tackles this season and has never shied away from contact. He’s more aggressive than other cornerbacks on the team and that’s been refreshing to see.

Against the Buccaneers, who have great wide receivers like Evans and Chris Godwin, Emerson was targeted nine times but only allowed one reception and knocked down four of those passes. The word “menace” comes to mind when you watch Emerson each week. He’s making a lot of progress and creating issues for opposing teams because of his unwavering efforts.