Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans – Picks & Predictions

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Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans – Picks & Predictions

Author: Erik Gibbs | Publish Date: January 10, 2024 | Last Updated: January 10, 2024

The Cleveland Browns (11-6) and Houston Texans (10-7) will face off in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs from NRG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Head-To-Head: Cleveland vs. Houston

The Browns enter the postseason as the #5 seed in the conference after finishing second in the AFC North. They won four straight games to qualify for the playoffs after coaxing Joe Flacco out of retirement when Deshaun Watson went down for the season with a shoulder injury.

The Texans won the AFC South title after posting a 5-2 record to close out the regular season as the Jacksonville Jaguars collapsed in the second half, losing five of six games. Quarterback C.J. Stroud and head coach DeMeco Ryans became the fifth rookie combination in NFL history to make the postseason after the team won three games in 2022. The #2 pick in the 2023 draft passed for over 4,000 yards and 23 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

The Browns and Texans have played each other 14 times, with each team winning seven matchups. Cleveland has won the last two meetings, including a 36-22 victory the last time they met in Week 16.

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Cleveland vs. Houston Odds

The Browns are -2.5 favorites on the spread in their playoff road matchup, with moneyline odds of -142. A bet on Houston to win as underdogs at home pays bettors +138 odds, and the total for this game is 44.5 points.

Betting Tips for Cleveland vs. Houston

Cleveland is 4-1 against the spread in the previous five games, and the total has gone over in six of their last seven contests. They’re also undefeated against opponents from the AFC South in their previous ten matchups.

The Texans are 6-2 in the last eight games they’ve played as the underdog and are 7-3 at home in their previous ten games. The total has gone under in six of Houston’s last eight games and in ten of the previous 13 matchups with the Browns.

Cleveland vs. Houston Predictions

The Browns have exceeded expectations after the loss of Watson, with Flacco averaging 323 passing yards and throwing for 13 touchdowns during their 4-1 stretch to end the regular season. The candidate for NFL Comeback Player of the Year has a 10-5 career mark in the playoffs and is 5-0 in the Wild Card round. The Browns also have the top defense in the NFL, allowing 164.7 passing yards and 270.2 total yards per game during the regular season.

The Texans were without Stroud in their loss to the Browns on Christmas Eve, who had one of the best rookie seasons for a quarterback in NFL history. Houston improved by seven wins and won a division title in a season that began as a rebuilding project. 

However, it will be interesting to see how the rookie handles his first playoff experience against a defense anchored by four-time All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett that will pressure him all game.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns -2.5

Erik Gibbs

Erik is a dynamic and seasoned journalist with a passion for all things sports and sports betting. With a career spanning over two decades, he has become a prominent figure in the world of sports journalism, admired for his insightful analysis and engaging storytelling.