Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns Pick & Prediction SEP 19TH 2021

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland
Logo Houston Texans
VS
Logo Cleveland Browns
45.5
OPENER
-13

48o -110
CURRENT
-13.5 -110

+515
MONEYLINE
-730

21
SCORE
31

The Houston Texans head to face the Cleveland Browns after a strong win over the Jaguars. They were able to take down their division rival with ease but now face an AFC title contender. Tyrod Taylor will prepare himself to face the relentless Browns pass rush. Luckily, he’s got a great rushing attack that should keep the blitz at bay. Questions have arisen about the injuries piled up on the Texans’ defense though.

The Cleveland Browns come off a road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. For a large portion of the game, the Browns had control, by the end of the first half, they had a 22-10 lead. Unfortunately, they surrendered that lead and allowed Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to win. The Chiefs scored 23-points in the second half and beat the Browns 33-29. Now the Browns face another high-powered offense with the chance to bring their season to 1-1. If they want to end Week 2 with a win, they’ll need to tighten up on defense.

Texans at Browns Betting Lines (NFL Week 2)

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Texans (+450) vs. Browns (-570)

SPREAD: Texans +12.5 (-110) vs. Browns -12.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 48 (-110) vs. Under 48 (-110)

Texans vs. Browns Preview and Betting Trends

Tyrod Taylor faces one of his former teams when he takes on the Cleveland Browns. In 2018, Tyrod Taylor was brought in as a hopeful Browns starting QB. However, that didn’t plan out and he was shipped away. He’s landed at the Texans now and has proved he can be a viable option at starting QB. Although they claimed a win over the Jaguars, the Browns have a much better pass rush. Taylor must find a way to have the same offensive production in Week 2.

The Cleveland Browns could’ve had a win over the former AFC Champions, had they played better defense. Allowing Kansas City to rally like that really put a bad taste in Cleveland’s mouth. They can try to wash it out with a win over the Texans, but they’ll have to be careful. The Texans had three rushing touchdowns, all by different running backs. Cleveland will need to focus on stopping the run and keeping Tyrod Taylor contained.

Texans vs. Browns ATS Prediction

Texans 21 - Browns 33

The Cleveland Browns had an incredible first half against the Chiefs. Had the defense held up their end, the Browns would be 1-0 right now. Instead, they start the season 0-1 and have to face another strong offense. We anticipate that the loss was exactly what the Browns needed to spark the team. The defense will be stronger, more resilient, and better in the second half. The offense will be more dynamic, especially against a Texans defense that allowed nearly 400 yards.

The biggest question here is whether the Browns will be able to cover such a large spread. The 12.5 point spread is a lot for a team that allowed 24 points in the second half. If the Browns are able to tighten up defensively, the spread could be covered. Unfortunately, that’s something we won’t know until the game commences. The last time these two played was in 2020 and the Cleveland Browns won by only three points.

Extra Points

1. Cleveland is 0-3 against the spread in their last three versus Houston.

2. Houston is 5-1 in their last six when playing Cleveland.

3. Nick Chubb rushed for 2 touchdowns against Kansas City.

Best Bet: Houston Texans +12.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
Houston Texans
18
31
Cleveland Browns
PREDICTION
Houston Texans
18
31
Cleveland Browns

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Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns Recap SEP 19TH 2021

Baker Mayfield threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lead the host Cleveland Browns to a 31-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Mayfield completed 19 of 21 passes for 213 yards and Nick Chubb added 95 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Browns (1-1), who bounced back from a season-opening loss at Kansas City.

Tyrod Taylor completed 10 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Texans (1-1). He also rushed for a score before leaving the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury.

The Browns took a 7-0 lead with 9:56 remaining in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Andy Janovich, but Houston responded by scoring 14 straight points.

The Texans tied the game with 5:18 left in the first on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Taylor to Phillip Lindsay. Houston grabbed a 14-7 lead with 8:32 remaining in the second quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Taylor.

Cleveland took over from there, first tying the game with 1:18 left until halftime on a 5-yard touchdown run by Mayfield.

With 7:59 left in the third quarter, Mayfield hit Demetric Felton for a 33-yard touchdown pass that gave the Browns a 21-14 lead.

Cleveland then took a 24-14 lead on a 30-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin with 4:43 remaining.

Houston fought back, cutting Cleveland's lead to 24-21 with 11:32 remaining on a 2-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Davis Mills to Brandin Cooks.

Cleveland answered, going up 31-21 with 5:52 on a 26-yard touchdown run by Chubb.

Houston drove down to the Cleveland 23-yard line in the final minutes, but Joey Slye missed a 41-yard field goal before the two-minute warning to end any chance of a comeback for Houston.

Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis Landry sustained a knee injury on the opening drive and didn't return.

--Field Level Media

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