The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday. Twelve games are up on the board throughout November 15. One of these games will be between the Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. These two teams have had opposite starts to the season, but will look to earn a big win in this one. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
The Texans have earned a record of 2-6 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AFC South. Houston is coming off a big win against the Jaguars last week. The Texans have not been able to find consistency this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. I expect Houston to come out strong looking for back to back wins on Sunday.
Cleveland has put up a record of 5-3 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of a competitive AFC North. The Browns put up a really solid start to this season, which has them competing for a playoff spot. Cleveland is coming off a bye week last week, which gave them extra preparation time coming into this one.
The Browns have been a much better team throughout this season, which has them secure a wild card spot to this point in the season. Houston has not been able to get their offense going this season. The Texans have been able to win against Jacksonville twice this season, but have not beat anyone else. Look for Houston to try and carry some momentum into this one on Sunday.
Houston faced off against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 9. Deshaun Watson had two touchdown passes, while Duke Johnson had a rushing touchdown. Jake Luton had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in his debut for the Jaguars. James Robinson added a rushing touchdown, but it was not enough. The Texans were able to earn a 27-25 win on the road.
The Browns met up with the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 8. Cody Parkey went 2-3 on his field goal kicks as that was all the offense Cleveland could muster. Derek Carr threw a touchdown to Hunter Renfrow and Daniel Carlson was 3-4 on field goals in the win. Las Vegas was able to earn a big 16-6 win on the road against the Browns.
Cleveland took a tough loss in their previous matchup, but I expect them to have focused on finding offense early during their bye week. The Texans were able to earn a nice win against Jacksonville last week, which they will look to carry momentum over from. The Browns will need to come out strong if they want to avoid allowing Houston to carry momentum over.
Deshaun Watson has been solid throughout this season so far. He has thrown for 2376 yards, 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Watson has also rushed for another 197 yards and a touchdown. Last week, Watson went 19-32 for 281 yards, 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another 50 yards. The Texans will need another good performance from him in this one.
Baker Mayfield is the starting Quarterback for the Browns this season. Mayfield has had a solid start to this season as well. He has thrown for 1514 yards, 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Mayfield struggled a bit in his last start. He went 12-25 for 122 yards no touchdowns and no interceptions. The Browns will need him to step up in this one.
These two Quarterbacks have had solid starts to the season. Watson gives the Texans a slight edge as he has thrown for more yards, touchdowns and less interceptions this season. Mayfield and Cleveland’s offense has a lot of weapons though, which could turn this one around. If Nick Chubb is back this week, it could really give the Browns a good edge on Sunday.
Houston’s offense has not been the biggest issue throughout this season. The Texans have scored 193 points, which is 21st in the NFL. Houston has also gained around 2947 yards of offense, which is 16th in the league. The Texans have struggled on defense though. Houston has allowed 242 points and 3326 yards of offense to opposing teams, which is 29th and 30th in the NFL.
The Browns offense has been solid throughout this season. Cleveland has scored 206 points and gained 2774 yards of total offense, which is 16th and 24th in the league. The Browns have allowed 237 points to opposing teams, which is 26th in the NFL. Cleveland has also given up 2971 yards, which is 20th in the league this season.
These two teams have been a bit better on offense than defense throughout this season. Neither team has been able to slow teams down consistently this season, which has created issues. If either defense can step up in this one, it could be enough to earn a big win. I expect both offenses to go back and forth though as they look for a much needed win.
The Texans have struggled throughout this season, but are coming off a nice win to the Jaguars in their last one. I expect Houston to carry some of that momentum into this one as they look for a big win on Sunday. I expect the Texans to keep this one close as neither defense has been able to find much success throughout this season.
BetOnline has Cleveland listed as a -4 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Browns in this matchup. Cleveland is coming off a bye week, but I believe that they are a bit worse than their record implies. I think Houston will keep this one close throughout and will have a chance to win in late. I really like the value on the Texans against the spread in this one.