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Too much Watt: Houston's J.J. Watt catches TD pass, dominates on D as Texans drop Browns 23-7

  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recovers a Cleveland Browns' fumble in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recovers a Cleveland Browns' fumble in the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) rushes against Cleveland Browns tackle Mitchell Schwartz in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) rushes against Cleveland Browns tackle Mitchell Schwartz in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)  (The Associated Press)

  • Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Houston Texans running back Alfred Blue (28) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)  (The Associated Press)

J.J. Watt caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett, dominated on defense and the Houston Texans climbed back to .500 with a 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Watt was all over the field. Along with his TD, he recorded a strip sack, made five tackles — three for a loss — recovered a fumble and hurried Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer into several bad throws. Watt provided more proof he's the NFL's best defensive player.

Mallett threw a pair of TD passes and finished with 211 yards in his first career start. The four-year veteran was promoted during the bye week after the Texans (5-5) benched Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Texans played without star running back Arian Foster because of a groin injury, but rookie Alfred Blue stepped in and gained 156 yards on a franchise-record 36 carries.

The Browns (6-4) won't spend a second straight week atop the AFC North. They lost for just the second time in seven games, and Watt is the main reason why.

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