Browns vs. Texans Prediction
Which streaking team will stay hot this afternoon when the Houston Texans host the Cleveland Browns today at 1PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
359 Cleveland Browns at 360 Houston Texans
Sunday, December 2, 2018
1PM ET – NRG Stadium
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Texans are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Browns. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 47.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 60 percent going on the Texans at home.
Texans win 8th straight
The Houston Texans won their eighth straight games last week in a 34-17 win at home over the Tennessee Titans. They are now 8-3 on the season, 5-6 against the spread and 6-5 with the under. Houston has covered the spread in four of its last five games.
The Texans are strong defensively, allowing just 20.2 points and 333.6 yards per game their season. The unit has 34 sacks while creating 18 turnovers. J.J. Watt leads the charge with 11.5 sacks. He is battling a knee injury that has him listed as questionable for today’s game. Offensively, Houston is putting up 24.8 points and 373.1 yards per game. Their rushing attack (134.5 ypg) ranks fourth in the NFL. Lamar Miller has run for 773 yards and three scores while Deshaun Watson has 345 yards and two scores. Watson has thrown for 2,807 yards and 20 touchdowns, but has nine interceptions and has been sacked 37 times. DeAndre Hopkins has proven to be one of the top receivers in the NFL, catching 73 passes for 1,024 yards and eight touchdowns.
Browns on a rare winning streak
The Cleveland Browns have won back-to-back games entering this week, defeating the Falcons 28-16 and then beating the Bengals last week, 35-20. Cleveland is now 4-6-1 overall, 7-4 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. The Browns have covered the spread in both wins as well.
Cleveland has struggled on defense most of the season, allowing 25.7 points and 415.4 yards per game. Their total defense average ranks second to last in the NFL. Offensively, Cleveland is putting up 23 points and 354.2 yards per game. The Browns have a pair of rookies leading the way as Baker Mayfield has thrown for 2,242 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions while Nick Chubb has come on in the second half of the season and has rushed for 663 yards and six touchdowns. Jarvis Landry is the leading receiver with 60 catches for 630 yards and two scores.
NFL Betting Trends
The Texans have covered in four straight conference games, but are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven at home.
The Browns are 7-18-1 against the spread in their last 26 games against winning teams and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games on fieldturf.
Houston has been looking really good and like the clear team to beat in the AFC South. The Browns showed a lot by going on the road and picking up a lopsided win over the Bengals last week, so I think they will be confident to give Houston a game today. However, the Browns are still a young teams and relying on rookies in key spots. I think Houston will be able to force Mayfield into turnovers late in the game to allow the Texans to pull away.
NFL Prediction: Houston Texans -5.5