Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Houston Texans (8-3) and the Cleveland Browns (4-6-1) will lock horns in an intra-conference collision where the AFC South meets the AFC North at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018. The kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET and set to be aired on CBS for regional demographics. Presently, Houston enters into this affair riding a four-game winning streak against the Brownies. The two teams last met in 2017 in Cleveland where the Texans defeated the Browns handily by a score of 33-17. Over their four-game winning streak against the Dawg Pound, the Texans have gone 4-0 ATS.
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Overview
The Browns have turned a corner, entering into this affair on a rare two-game winning streak that saw Cleveland end all sorts of nasty losing streaks when they defeated divisional rival Cleveland 35-20 last Sunday as a one-point favorite. Once again, the play of running back and former Georgia Bulldog Nick Chubb led the way for a Cleveland victory.
The Texans have now extended their winning streak to eight games after starting off 0-3. Houston’s last victory was a high-profile one when they rolled AFC South foe Tennessee 34-17 on Monday Night Football. The victory generated an easy cover for Houston as a 3.5-point favorite.
Reasons To Back Cleveland
It's safe to say that this Cleveland Browns team is not previous year's editions. Thanks to a productive draft and stellar front office moves, this football team is well on its way to potentially finishing close to .500 on the year. Cleveland's offense has been catalytic in its past two outings, averaging 31.5 points per game. However, given the fact they are still the Browns to many public eyes against a red-hot Houston team they are bound to be overlooked here.
Reasons To Avoid Houston
The Texans' stock is soaring, and with every win, they acquire it rises that much further. When you toss in a dominant performance before a national audience, the propensity for such a heavy lean is prominent in their follow-up. With the market rising by 1.5 points from the offset, there is an excellent chance backing Houston here sets up takers for both an overlay and overreaction.
Browns at Texans Prediction 12/02/2018
The present number on the board is one that is very friendly to back the underdog Cleveland in this contest. The -6 hook with Houston would create an illusion of an easy cover if the Texans were to win by a touchdown. However, it likely won’t even come down to that. Cleveland is a dangerous team that still harbors the carefree and free-wheeling mentality of their formerly disenfranchised selves combined with the best talent they have had in years. The combination of these two ingredients makes the Browns a true value play here as they can potentially orchestrate an upset outright to end Houston’s winning streak.