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Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Picks & Betting Tips – Browns To Bounce Back

  • Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns tips for Sunday, September 19
  • Matchup gets underway at 13:00 ET at FirstEnergy Stadium
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Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Picks & Betting Tips


Cleveland can get their first win on the board in their home opener on Sunday.

Run defense is Houston’s Achilles heel and that plays right into the hands of the Browns’ backfield.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt can exploit that weakness as Cleveland run over the visitors to cover.

  • Cleveland Browns have an 0-1 record
  • Cleveland Browns are 1-0 ATS this season
  • Cleveland Browns narrowly lost the season-opener at Kansas City
  • Cleveland Browns has 153 rushing yards & 4 rushing touchdowns in Week 1
  • Cleveland Browns ranked #3 in total rushing yards last season (2,374)
  • Cleveland Browns ranked #5 in rushing touchdowns last season (21)
  • Houston Texans have a 1-0 record
  • Houston Texans are 1-0 ATS this season
  • Houston Texans ranked #32 in rushing yards allowed last season (2,564)
  • Houston Texans ranked #30 in rushing touchdowns allowed last season (24)

Head To Head


  • Houston Texans lead the all-time series 7-4
  • Cleveland Browns won 10-7 when the teams met last season

Houston Texans Form


Houston went with Tyrod Taylor over Deshaun Watson against Jacksonville. The decision paid off.

The Texans stormed to a 27-7 halftime lead and never looked back as they wrecked the NFL debuts of Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer.

Taylor was 21/33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 40 yards off four carries.

Mark Ingram was used heavily as he carried the ball 26 times for 85 yards and a TD. Phillip Lindsay also had a rushing score.

Brandin Cooks hauled in five of his seven targets for 132 receiving yards.

On defense, three different players picked off Lawrence as the Jaguars QB was given a rude welcome to the league.

Houston Texans Injury Report


  • QB Deshaun Watson (non injury related) - Out
  • TE Pharoah Brown (ankle, shoulder) - Questionable

Cleveland Browns Form


Cleveland were beaten in their season-opener but were not disgraced at Kansas City.

The Browns took a 29-20 lead in the fourth quarter when ex-Chief Kareem Hunt went in from two yards.

However, they gave up a huge touchdown play seconds later and then gifted KC great field position with a botched punt.

The Chiefs took full advantage and Cleveland’s misery was complete when Baker Mayfield threw a pick.

Mayfield went 21/28 for 321 yards and an interception as the Browns leaned on the run game.

Nick Chubb rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns off 15 carries, while also picking up 18 receiving yards.

Fellow running back Hunt had 33 yards and a TD off six carries, while also picking up 28 yards receiving.

David Njoku led in receiving yards with 76, while Jarvis Landry caught all of his targets for 71 yards. Landry also rushed for 13 yards and a TD.

Cleveland Browns Injury Report


  • G Michael Dunn (back) - Questionable
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr (knee) - Out
  • T Chris Hubbard (triceps) - Out
  • CB Troy Hill (hamstring, foot) - Questionable
  • T Jedrick Wills (ankle) - Questionable
  • WR Anthony Schwarz (knee) - Questionable
  • C JC Tretter (knee) - Questionable

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Verdict

Houston impressed in Week 1, but there is a much tougher challenge awaiting them on Sunday.

Cleveland will be kicking themselves for blowing that late lead in KC but they can bounce back here.

Their strong point is Houston’s biggest weakness. A heavy dose of the run should lead the Browns to victory.

Best Bet: Cleveland -12.5 Spread @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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