Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns: 11/15/20 NFL Picks and Prediction
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Cleveland Browns (5-3) vs Houston Texans (2-6)
Game Info: Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm (FirstEnergy Stadium)
Betting Odds: Cleveland Browns -3 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Texans will travel to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Houston Texans snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 2-6 on the season after defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-25, this past Sunday. Houston led by a 27-16 margin midway through the 3rd quarter on a 77-yard TD reception by Will Fuller V and was able to hang on late after a game-tying two-point conversation by the Jaguars fell short late in the 4th quarter. Houston was outgained by Jacksonville by a 412-374 margin and forced one turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Texans was QB Deshaun Watson who completed 19 of 32 passes for 281 yards & 2 TD while also leading the team in rushing with 50 yards on 10 carries.
On the season, Houston is averaging 24.1 ppg on 384.6 total yards per game (297.0 passing yds/g; 87.6 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by Deshaun Watson who has completed 68.3% of his passes for 2,376 yards (321.6 yds/g), 17 TD, & 5 INT. Watson is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Texans with 197 rushing yards & 1 TD on 40 carries. The top receiving threats for Watson and the Texans have been Will Fuller V (36 rec, 590 yards, 6 TD), Brandin Cooks (37 rec, 510 yards, 4 TD), and Randall Cobb (33 rec, 393 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Texans backfield has been David Johnson (103 att, 408 yards, 3 TD) & Duke Johnson (34 att, 95 yards, TD). David Johnson left last week’s game due to a concussion and is questionable for this matchup.
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 30.3 ppg on 430.3 total yards per game (270.8 passing yds/g; 159.5 rushing yds/g).
The Cleveland Browns dropped to 5-3 on the season after being defeated by the Las Vegas Raiders, 16-6, on November 1st. Cleveland struggled offensively agianst the Raiders and couldn’t fight back after a Hunter Renfrow 4-yard TD reception gave the Raiders a 13-6 lead early in the 4th quarter. Cleveland was outgained by Las Vegas by a 309-223 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Browns was RB Kareem Hunt who had 66 rushing yards on 14 carries.
On the season, Cleveland is averaging 25.8 ppg on 354.3 total yards per game (204.3 passing yds/g; 150.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Cleveland has been led by RB Nick Chubb who had 335 yards & 4 TD on 57 carries however, Chubb has missed the last 4 games due to a knee injury and although he should be coming off the IR this week, still is probably at best questionable for this one. RB Kareem Hunt has performed well as the lead back and has 529 yards & 3 TD on 115 carries while also hauling 18 receptions for 113 yards & 4 TD’s. QB Baker Mayfield has completed 61.4% of his passes for 1,514 yards (197.4 yds/g), 15 TD, & 7 INT. Mayfield is currently on the IR/COVID-19 list as of this past Sunday and is questionable. If Mayfield cannot go, it will be most likely Case Keenum behind center. The top receiving threats for the Browns have been Jarvis Landry (33 rec, 419 yards), Odell Beckham Jr. (23 rec, 319 yards, 4 TD), Austin Hooper (22 rec, 205 yards, TD), and Rashard Higgins 915 rec, 177 yards, 2 TD). Beckham Jr. is out for the season due to a torn ACL.
Defensively, Cleveland is allowing their opponents to an average of 29.6 ppg on 390.5 total yards per game (283.8 passing yds/g; 106.8 rushing yds/g).
The Texans are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Brown are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, however, are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Cleveland comes into this game with a solid 5-3 record, however, I think this is a team that is heading in the wrong direction after being able to put up just 6 points against the Raiders prior to their bye week. Houston has had a tough season, with their only wins coming against Jacksonville, however, this is a team that has looked a bit better as of late and certainly have the best playmaker on the field in Deshaun Watson. Cleveland might be without Mayfield & Chubb (and even if they go, they won’t be 100%) and as I expect Houston to be able to put up some points in this one, I think the play here is to take the Texans and the points. Good Luck!