Set your schedule for this weeks 1 NFL matchup between the Browns and Texans, which you can watch on NBC at 4:30 (1/13/24). The game will be hosted at NRG Stadium in Houston (TX). r

CLEVELAND BROWNS VS HOUSTON TEXANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Houston Texans +2.5

This game will be played at NRG Stadium at 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE HOUSTON TEXANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 22-19 in favor of the Texans.
  • Our projections have Joe Flacco finishing with 236.348 passing yards on 22.528/33.214 passing.
  • The Texans are projected to finish with 327 yards of offense compared to the 305 yards for the Browns.

Will the Browns Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

As they prepare to face the Texans, the Browns hold a 11-6 record. Within the AFC-North, they currently sit in 2nd place and are 5th place in the AFC. This season, the Browns find themselves above .500 versus the spread with a record of 10-6-1. Their average scoring margin for this season stands at +2.

For this season, the Cleveland offense has an average of 23.3 points per game, placing them at 10th in the league. Cleveland's passing offense, heading into this week's game, holds the 19th ranking in passing yards. In terms of attempts, they are 5th with an average of 36.7 passes per game.

On the ground, the Browns have carried the ball an average of 30.5 times per game and currently rank 12th in rushing yards. Their average rushing yards per attempt is 3.8.

The Browns' defense, so far, has an average of 270.2 yards given up per game and 21.3 points per contest (13th). Leading up to the game, they've allowed a completion percentage of 57.4% and 23 passing touchdowns. In terms of stopping the run, they are 11th in the NFL.

Can Houston Pull Off a Home Win?

Leading up to their matchup with the Browns, the Texans are 10-7. They currently sit 1st in the AFC-South and are in 4th place in the AFC. The Texans' have a scoring margin of +1.4 this season, which has led to an ATS record of 9-8.

With an average of 22.2 points per contest, the Houston offense currently ranks 12th in the league. Houston is currently ranked 7th in the NFL for passing yards per game, with an average of 245.5. In terms of passing yards per attempt, they are 6th in the league.

The Texans come in with an average of 3.7 yards per rushing attempt while running the ball an average of 26.1 times per game. In terms of total rushing yardage, they currently rank 22nd in the league.

Thus far, the Texans' defense has given up an average of 330.7 yards per game and 20.8 points per contest (11th). Going into this game, they've allowed a completion percentage of 67.6% and have surrendered 17 passing touchdowns. When it comes to run defense, they rank 6th in the NFL.