The Houston Texans are beginning a new chapter in their history with a new face of the franchise. The Cleveland Browns have a new face under centre, but there is no reason to think this guy will be any different than the 27 other quarterbacks who’ve started for the Browns since 1999.
Browns vs. Texans
Point Spread: Texans -10
Date: Oct. 15, 1:00 PM ET
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Texans are 10-point chalk (+100) against the winless Browns on the Sports Interaction NFL odds board with a 47-point over/under line tagged on the game.
Betting against the Browns has been a winning formula for NFL bettors for several years now. Cleveland is 1-4 against the spread this season and 6-24-1 ATS in its last 31 games overall. The Browns are also 0-5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 1-7 ATS in their last eight contests against teams with sub .500 records.
Houston’s offense has liftoff with its rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson taking the snaps. The over is 3-1 in Houston games since Watson was named the starter at QB.
Sports Interaction customers like the underdog Browns in this contest with 52 percent of its users taking the Dawg Pound to cover the 10-point spread.
Kevin Hogan will be the fifth different starting quarterback appointed by second year Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson. Hogan was a fifth round draft pick of the Chiefs in the 2016 NFL Draft and was picked up by the Browns when Kansas City cut him before the start of the season.
Hogan played the second half against the New York Jets last week and completed 16 of 19 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns against one interception.
Defensive lineman and three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt is out for the season after he suffered a broken leg last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. Watt missed most of last year too due to injuries and it’s safe to wonder if he’ll ever regain his Pro Bowl level performance for Houston.
It’s ironic that Watt’s star is fading at the same time the Texans appear to have the franchise quarterback they sorely lacked during Watt’s reign of terror. Deshaun Watson enters this weekend with 12 touchdowns passes and a 100.7 QB rating into Sunday’s contest. Those numbers should only get more padded playing against the bottoming-out Browns.
Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans Prediction
Texans 35, Browns 20