Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, September 19, 2021
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Where to Watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Texans +12.5, Browns -12.5; Over/Under: 48 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Texans +12.5, Browns -12.5; Over/Under: 48 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Texans +12.5, Browns -12.5; Over/Under: 48 points
Houston Texans: 1-0 1st place, AFC South)
Cleveland Browns: 0-1 (3rd place, AFC North)
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Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns Preview and Analysis
Houston Texans: won 1
Cleveland Browns: lost 1
Texans vs Browns Prediction
The Houston Texans are taking on the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd week of the NFL regular season on Sunday. The Texans are 1-0 this season after winning a divisional matchup in week 1. The Browns are 0-1 after giving up a lead late in the game going on to lose. The Browns are a 12.5 point favorite in this game with the point total set at 48 points.
The Hou Texans are coming into this game after winning their first game of the regular season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars by a final score of 37-21. Tyrod Taylor played really well in their last game completing 21/33 passes for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mark Ingram Jr. led the running game with 85 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 26 carries. Brandin Cooks had a big day for the receivers as he caught 5 passes for 132 receiving yards but no touchdowns. It was Danny Amendola and David Johnson that both found the end zone through the air. Desmond King led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 3 assisted ones. Whitney Mercilus had the only sack in the game for Houston's defense but Justin Reid, Vernon Hargreaves, and Christian Kirksey all had 1 interception each in that game. Houston scored 37 points and allowed their opponents to score 21 points as they came into the game as a 3 point underdog and pulled off a big upset by almost 20 points.
The Cle Browns are coming into this game after losing their season opener on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs 33-29. The Browns had the lead for most of that game but there were some troubles with their special teams, more specifically the punting, that ended up giving Mahomes and the Chiefs a short field which ultimately resulted in the game winning TD. Baker Mayfield played a good game in that one completing 21/28 passes for 321 yards and 1 interception. All 4 of their touchdowns were scored on the ground in this game. Nick Chubb led the team in rushing with 83 yards and 2 touchdowns on 15 carries. Kareem Hunt also got a bit of work in that one. David Njoku had a good game on the receiving end as he led the team with 76 yards on 3 receptions. Jarvis Landry also had 71 receiving yards on 5 receptions. Both the passing game and the run game were running smoothly for them in that one. Anthony Walker Jr. led the defense with 8 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Myles Garrett and Joseph Jackson both had 1 interception each in the game. They scored 29 points in their last game and allowed their opponents to score 33 against them. They came into that game as a 5.5 point underdog and they managed to cover that spread.
The Browns will be playing their first home game in this one and are coming in as a massive favorite here. Houston looked pretty good in their last game when they were supposed to be a bad team this year, although they were up against the Jags. Regardless, 12.5 points is a big spread for any team to cover in the NFL so the value is on the Texans here to cover that spread.
Texans Browns Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Sunday, September 19, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Browns 31 Texans 24.
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NFL Betting Trends
Houston Texans: 14-21 ATS in all games. 11-16 ATS against conference opponents.
Cleveland Browns: 8-12 ATS as a favorite. 9-16 ATS in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points.
Houston Texans: A. Miller (WR) Ques Sun - Shoulder injury. K. Pierre-Louis (LB)Ques Sun - Thigh injury. L. Johnson Jr. (DB) Ques Sun - Thigh injury.
Cleveland Browns: J. Wills Jr. (T) Ques Sun - Ankle injury. G. Delpit (S) Ques Sun - Hamstring injury. O. Beckham Jr. (WR) Ques Sun - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
Houston Texans: Brandin Cooks is one player to watch in this game. He started his season off on the right foot with a 100+ yard game in receiving and he will be looking to duplicate that this week. There is a good chance that they will be playing this game from behind which means more throwing the ball so look for him to get a lot of work in this one.
Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield is one player to watch in this game. He led his offense to have a great game in their last game, almost pulling off the upset in Kansas City. Look for him to take out some anger in this game and try to make as many big plays in this game as he will want to bury the Texans here.
"We gave it up way too many times. It doesn't matter how many you get on defense, when you turn it over on offense your chances of winning are very slim. And that was very disappointing." - Head coach David Culley before the season on what he expects from his offense moving forward.
"You have to play together, good complementary football. and if you don't do that and there's still time on the clock, there's a chance you get beat. Unfortunately, we've been on the wrong side of that.” - Baker Mayfield after their loss in the season opener.
WR Cooks, Brandin
WR Conley, Chris
TE Brown, Pharaoh
QB TAYLOR, TYROD
RB INGRAM, MARK
RB Lindsay, Phillip
WR Landry, Jarvis
WR Beckham Jr., Odell
TE Hooper, Austin
QB Mayfield, Baker
RB Chubb, Nick
FB Janovich, Andy
Passing: T. Taylor (291)
Rushing: M. Ingram II (85)
Receiving: B. Cooks (132)
Touchdowns: M. Ingram II (1)
Sacks: W. Mercilus (1)
Tackles: C. Kirksey (5)
Passing: B. Mayfield (321)
Rushing: N. Chubb (83)
Receiving: D. Njoku (76)
Touchdowns: N. Chubb (2)
Sacks: M. Garrett (1)
Tackles: A. Walker (8)
Houston Texans: David Culley (1st season)
Cleveland Browns: Kevin Stefanski (2nd season)
78 degrees F sunny, 62% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 9 mph wind speeds NE.