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Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Preview & Picks – Cleveland To Cover In NFL Road Win

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20 Dec 2023
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Leigh Copson 20 Dec 2023
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  • Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans picks for Sunday, December 24
  • Matchup gets underway at 13:00 GMT at NRG Stadium
  • Preview, predictions, stats & form
    Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Preview & Picks
  • Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Preview & Picks
  • Head To Head
  • Cleveland Browns Form
  • Houston Texans Form

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Preview & Picks

Cleveland are backed to cover as a favorite on the road.

The Browns are scrapping their way to wins and are facing a Houston team hit with injuries to key players, including CJ Stroud.

  • Cleveland Browns are 5-2 in their last 7 games
  • Cleveland Browns are 5-0-0 ATS in their last 5 wins
  • Houston Texans are 3-5-0 ATS in their last 8 games
  • The Under has cashed in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games

Head To Head

  • Houston Texans lead the all-time series 7-6
  • Cleveland Browns won 27-14 when the two teams last met in December 2022

Cleveland Browns Form

Cleveland enter Week 16 having kept their playoff hopes alive with five wins from their last seven games to improve to 9-5.

The Browns struggled for consistency during the first two months of the season, but have been in solid form since the start of November.

They sparked a three-game win streak with a 27-0 shutout win against Arizona, following that up with a 33-31 win at Baltimore and a 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh.

Cleveland’s run was halted by a 29-12 defeat at Denver, and they then suffered a 36-19 loss when the visited the Los Angeles Rams.

The Browns got back on track over the past couple of weekends though, backing up a 31-27 victory over Jacksonville with a 20-17 win against Chicago.

Houston Texans Form

Houston’s form has dipped over the past couple of weeks, but at 8-6 they are still in the race to win the AFC South.

Like their opponents on Sunday, the Texans also found some form in November after an inconsistent start.

They beat Tampa Bay 39-37 at home, and backed that up with a 30-27 win at Cincinnati and a 21-16 victory over Arizona to make it three wins in a row.

Houston failed to keep that running as they then lost 24-21, but they did rebound at the first attempt by beating Denver 22-17.

The Texans then suffered a disappointing 30-6 defeat at the New York Jets, only to respond with a 19-16 overtime win in Tennessee.

Verdict

Having no CJ Stroud for a meeting with this Cleveland defense is a massive issue for Houston.

The Browns are getting the job done, making plays when they need to, and we expect that to be the case again on Sunday.

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Best Bet2: Under 40.0 Total Points @-111.11 at Stake.us - 2 Units
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