Browns vs Texans NFL Week 13 Odds & Game Preview

Browns vs Texans NFL Week 13 Odds & Game Preview

Written by on November 28, 2018

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns will look to pull off the upset over Deshaun Watson and the streaking Houston Texans when the two AFC counterparts square off in their intriguing Week 13 matchup on Sunday. While Cleveland enters this contest playing its best football of the season, Houston hasn’t lost since September.

Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best betting value in this matchup.

Browns vs Texans NFL Week 13 Odds & Game Preview

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 23°C/74°F
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Precipitation: 6%
  • Wind: 8 mph S
  • Cloud Cover: 38%
  • Type of Stadium: Retractable

Why Bet On Cleveland?

Why should you bet on the Browns in this matchup? Well, there are several good reasons actually.  Cleveland has won two straight so they have some momentum coming into this affair. First, the Browns smacked Atlanta around two weeks ago and then they dominated Cincinnati around 35-20 to cash in as a 1-point road favorite in a game that had some added drama. With former head coach Hue Jackson now working as an assistant with the Bengals, some Cleveland players were upset about Jackson joining a division rival, including rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield who tossed a career-high four TD passes against Cincinnati.

“Somebody who was in our locker room is asking us to play for him, and then he goes to a different team,” said Mayfield.

The Browns got their first road win since 2015 to snap a string of 25 straight road losses that was one short of Detroit’s NFL record

“We’re tired of being disrespected,” safety Jabrill Peppers said. “Before the game, they said, `Why are you talking? You play for the Browns.’ What does that even mean?”

The Browns are ranked 18th in scoring (23.0 ppg) and 22nd in points allowed (25.7 ppg) and they’ve clearly got a future with Baker Mayfield and now, Nick Chubb in their backfield together.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 23
  • Total Yards: 354.18
  • Pass Yards: 225.45
  • Rush Yards: 128.73
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 25.73
  • Total Yards: 415.37
  • Pass Yards: 283.55
  • Rush Yards: 131.82

Why Bet On Houston?

Why should you bet on Houston to win this matchup? There are a bunch of great reasons. First, Houston is playing at home where they’ve won four of five times this season. Next, the Texans have a bunch of momentum, having won eight straight games including their convincing 34-17 beatdown of AFC South rival Tennessee on Sunday as a 3.5-point home favorite.

Deshaun Watson passed for 210 yards and two scores while rushing for another score to lead the way to victory. Running back Lamar Miller added a 97-yard scoring burst to become the first player in league history with two 97-yards scores. “We need to try and keep getting better,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “We need to take the mantra that we’re going to improve every day.”

The Texans are ranked 14th in scoring (24.8 ppg) and a stellar fifth in points allowed (20.2 ppg).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 24.82
  • Total Yards: 373.10
  • Pass Yards: 236.55
  • Rush Yards: 136.55
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 20.18
  • Total Yards: 333.64
  • Pass Yards: 236.82
  • Rush Yards: 96.82

Browns vs Texans NFL Week 13 Betting Trends

  • Cleveland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Cleveland is 4-20-1 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
  • Houston is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 8 games when playing Cleveland

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Browns vs Texans

While I’ve been impressed with Baker Mayfield and the Browns the last two games and they look a lot more competent than they did under former head coach Hue Jackson. Houston is playing some rock-solid football on both sides of the ball in holding each of their last seven opponents to 23 points or less while scoring 34 or more three times in their last eight games. Cleveland has gone 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 road games while Houston has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four games against their AFC counterparts and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. While Houston has a pair of three-point wins and a pair of two-point wins among their eight-game winning streak, I’m going to advise you to back the Texans to win and narrowly cover the chalk against the improved Browns. NFL Week 13 Pick: Texans 31 Browns 21