The Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns are both in big need of a win, as they each look to boost their playoff chances. The Texans are coming off a win, while the Browns are the fresher team after taking a bye in Week 9.
Betting Preview for the Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns Regular Season Week 10 Game on November 15, 2020
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
When: Sunday, November 15, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Houston Texans (+2.5)
Regular Season Record: 2-6
The Texans were not going to allow themselves to get Luton-ized by the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they beat Jake Luton and the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road in Week 9. A big reason for that was the connection between quarterback Deshaun Watson and wide receiver Will Fuller IV. Watson passed for 281 yards (19/32) and two touchdowns without an interception, while Fuller went off for 100 receiving yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Brandin Cooks also played a key role in Houston’s air attack with 83 receiving yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Cleveland is struggling against the pass this season, and the Texans are among the pass-heaviest teams in the league. In fact, the Texans are eighth in the NFL with a 62.32 pass play percentage, which plays right into the Browns’ defense that is allowing 264.6 passing yards per contest. Watson will enter the Cleveland game with 2,376 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
The Texans, who are scoring 25.8 points per game, have seen the over in all of their last five trips away from home.
Betting on the Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Regular Season Record: 5-3
The Browns are coming off a bye, which they needed after losing to the Las Vegas Raiders at home back in Week 8, 16-6. Chilly weather conditions affected both teams’ performances, but with an expected friendlier climate in Week 10, the Browns could rely more on their passing game more this time around. That being said, the Browns are likely to sit out quarterback Baker Mayfield, who’s currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which means there’s a chance that Case Keenum will start under center for the Browns against the Texans. Keenum is a proven quarterback with deep starting experience, so the Browns must feel confident he can get the job done against Houston’s defense that’s 27th in the league in opponents’ pass completion percentage with a 69.2 percent clip. Defensively, Myles Garrett must be licking his chops at the prospect of getting to Watson, who’s one of the most-sacked quarterbacks this season.
The Browns are 5-4-1 against the spread in their last 10 games at home.
The Browns win, 29-26.
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