The Houston Texans (2-6) visit the Cleveland Browns (5-3) this Sunday, hoping to string together two wins in a row. The Texans barely hung on to defeat the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars 27-25 in last week’s NFL matchup, and both 2020 victories are over Jacksonville. NFL betting injects adrenaline into an already tense battle between two teams fighting for their playoff lives. Successful online sports betting begins with an in-depth analysis of what we know, and that’s what we put together for our Texans vs Browns betting predictions.
As of this writing, the NFL odds on our online sportsbook show the Browns as three-point home favorites. Cleveland’s Super Bowl Odds have weakened since its 4-1 start, and Houston is almost out of the conversation. Almost. Let’s get into it.
|Game: Houston Texans (2-6) at Cleveland Browns (5-3)
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium
Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Texans vs Browns Predictions: Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
|Browns||-3||-175||48 ½||24 ½|
Moneyline: Texans +155 (2-6) | Browns -175 (5-3)
In NFL Covid-19 news, Cleveland is coming off their bye week and is relieved to be removing QB Baker Mayfield from the Covid list. Stud RB Nick Chubb might return to the Browns’ fifth-ranked rushing attack, helping to gobble up clock and score points. Cleveland’s offense is potent when even remotely healthy, and they’re 3-1 at home this season.
The Texans are 1-3 on the road in the 2020 campaign, and RB David Johnson is in the concussion protocol. It’s just not Houston’s year, and Cleveland is the better team.
Pick: Browns to win
Point Spread: Texans (1-7) | Browns (3-5)
The Texans are disappointing and are 1-7 ATS in 2020. The Browns aren’t doing a heck of a lot better ATS, but they are well-rested coming off the bye. The return of Chubb gives a real boost to the offense, and the game is in Ohio. Expect the Browns to come out guns-a-blazing, taking another step toward earning a postseason berth.
Pick: Browns -3
Over/Under 48½ points: Texans (5-3) | Browns (5-3)
Two phenomenal individual defenders will be on the field in J.J. Watt and Myles Garrett, but the team defenses stink. Houston allows the fourth-most points per game and Cleveland isn’t far behind, giving up the seventh-most PPG. There should be points aplenty here, with the Browns banging the ground game and the Texans striking through the air. The over has hit in six of Houston’s last nine games, and in five of Cleveland’s previous seven.
Pick: Over 48½ total points scored
Final Score: Browns 38, Texans 27
Texans vs Browns Betting Predictions: Props Talk
Let’s sprinkle some spice onto your sports betting blueprint. We can use what we know about these teams to generate a little added excitement to our viewing experience. Here are a few prop bets that stand out in this Week 10 matchup between the Texans and Browns.
Over 6½ Total TDs In the Game (+125)
Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson has thrown 11 touchdowns over his last four games, and I expect him to toss at least three more. The Browns’ bruising rushing attack is good for two or three scores, and Mayfield should account for at least one or two. These two defenses are soft and gushy, ripe for the pounding. It’s reasonable to expect at least seven TDs to be scored in this one.
Highest Scoring Quarter: 4th Quarter (+190)
The fourth quarter was the highest-scoring quarter in three out of the last four games the Texans played. For the Browns, the fourth frame contained the most total points in three of their previous five, including two straight. A bet of $20 will payout a total of $58 when it hits, and recent trends indicate this to be a pretty solid bet.
Winning Margin: Browns to Win By 11-13 Points (+1200)
If we thread the needle here, the rewards are great. I predict the Browns to win by 11 points, and I feel pretty good about it. Placing a $10 wager on this precise projection and winning, gains the gutsy gambler a total payout of $130. Are you feeling lucky? I know I am.
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