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Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns - 10/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Browns (0-5) at Houston Texans (2-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm (NRG Stadium)

The Line: Houston Texans -10 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans meet Sunday in NFL action at NRG Stadium.

The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first victory of the season after a brutal 0-5 start. The Cleveland Browns haven’t won a road game since October of 2015. DeShone Kizer is completing 50.9 percent of his passes for 851 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Kizer and Kevin Hogan have combined for six touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this season. Duke Johnson Jr. and Ricardo Louis have combined for 474 receiving yards and one touchdown while Seth DeValve has 12 receptions. The Cleveland Browns ground game is averaging 89.2 yards per contest, and Isaiah Crowell leads the way with 194 yards on 62 carries. Defensively, Cleveland is allowing 24.8 points and 304.8 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Cleveland Browns with 36 tackles, James Burgess has two sacks and Jason McCourty has two interceptions. 

Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns - 10/15/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Texans need a feel good victory here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Houston Texans have won eight of their last 11 home games. Deshaun Watson is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,072 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Watson has nine touchdown passes in his last two games. DeAndre Hopkins and Lamar Miller have combined for 498 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Bruce Ellington has nine receptions. The Houston Texans ground game is averaging 140.6 yards per contest, and Miller leads the way with 331 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 26 points and 323.2 yards per game. Benardrick McKinney leads the Houston Texans with 31 tackles, Jadeveon Clowney has three sacks and Andre Hal has two interceptions.

The Browns are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October and 6-24-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Texans are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Browns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Houston Texans aren't the same team they were a week ago now that JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus are lost for the season. That Houston defense is going to struggle pressuing the quarterback and it puts a lot of pressure on a secondary that already had its issues. However, even with that said, the Texans are still lightyears better than the Cleveland Browns, a team that's won just one game since the start of last season and honestly isn't making much progress week to week. The Browns can't move the football with any consistency and it's only a matter of time before the defense caves due to being on the field so often. The Texans still have Watson and a playmaking offense, which should be the difference here and result in a blowout victory for the home team. I have zero confidence in a bad Browns team, so you can't offer me enough points.

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