Texans vs. Browns Point Spread: NFL Week 2 Odds, Prediction

Andrew Rogers | Updated Sep 16, 2021

After a setback in Week 1, the Cleveland Browns are looking to get a notch in the win column on Sunday when they host the Houston Texans.

Houston
1-5
AT
September 19, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland
3-3
Pointspread +13.5 -110
Moneyline +530
Over / Under o +48.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Pointspread -13.5 -110
Moneyline -678
Over / Under u +48.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

The Cleveland Browns are a trendy Super Bowl pick but are off to a slow start. The Houston Texans are expected to finish at or near the bottom of the NFL standings but have opened the season 1-0. Two teams off to unexpected starts meet Sunday afternoon in Ohio – and while the Browns might bring an 0-1 record into this encounter with the 1-0 Texans, oddsmakers are expecting a major course correction for both sides.

Cleveland is a 12.5-point favourite to win on the NFL odds, with a total of 48.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Browns find themselves in a rare position this weekend, installed as a double-digit favourite for just the fourth time since the 2007 season. And while they won all three of those previous contests, they covered in just one of them. Fortunately for Cleveland backers, the Texans haven’t fared any better on the other end of a spread this large. They’re just 1-6 straight up and 2-5 against the spread in seven games as an underdog of 10+ points since 2007.

The total for this Week 2 tilt is set at 48, with more than three-quarters of Sports Interaction bettors siding with the Over. That certainly jibes with the prevailing trends for both teams in their current ATS situation, with Houston 5-2 O/U in its last seven as a double-digit underdog and the Browns 2-0-1 to the Over in their past three as faves of 10 or more points. Cleveland is also a solid 6-3 O/U in its last nine as a home favourite overall.

Houston Texans

For a team that drew plenty of guffaws for its uncertain backfield situation, the Texans did plenty of damage on the ground in their season opener. Houston rumbled for 160 yards – fifth-most in the league – en route to a 37-21 upset win over visiting Jacksonville. One-time castoff Mark Ingram led the way with 85 yards for a Texans rushing unit that produced a pair of touchdowns in support of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who passed for two more scores.

Cleveland Browns

The Browns squandered a double-digit halftime lead in a 33-29 setback to the Kansas City Chiefs, but their stout run game was hardly to blame. Cleveland gashed the Chiefs for 153 yards on just 26 carries (5.9 YPC average) while scoring all four of their touchdowns on the ground. Jacksonville managed just 78 rushing yards vs. Houston last week, but finished with only 18 carries (4.8 YPC) due to playing from behind for most of the game.

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