NFL WEEK 10 – Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns

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Browns Need to Right the Ship Against Texans

We’re already in Week 10 in the NFL season and we have a perfect betting opportunity in the matchup between Houston Texans and the Cleveland Browns. Both teams are in a tight situation and are in desperate need for a win to try and save their season.

The Texans are a terrible 2-6 and the Browns are 5-3 but have lost two out of their last three games. Let’s look at how these teams stack up for this much anticipated showdown this early Sunday. 

TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET. TV: FOX; WAGER6 BETTING LINE: Cleveland Browns -3 / TOTAL 53.5*

The Browns are coming off a BYE week, which hopefully helped them alleviate their past 3 games which proved to be quite the headache for their season. After starting the season on a roll, they were humiliated by the Steelers in Week 6 with a 38-7 loss. After that, in Week 7, they barely escaped the Bengals with a 37-34 win and then were shut down by the Raiders in Week 8 with a 16-6 loss.

An interesting thing happened in their last game against the Raiders, as Cleveland only had offensive possession for six times during the whole game. Can you believe that? This was the first time since 1960 that a team has such a small amount of possessions during the game, which translates into the 6 total points during the game. 

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The Texans defense will need to commit in order for them to beat the Browns

We’ve all mentioned at one point or another how good the Texans’ Quarterback, Deshaun Watson is amongst his peers. Which has translated well this season as he has been producing what has been expected of him, the real deficiency for him has been his win tally this campaign.

But as you know, football is a team sport and you depend on the rest of the gang to put their part in order to win. Which is why we need to bang on the Texans’ defense, which has been pretty darn bad this year. 

So far, the Texans have allowed 30.2 points per game by their opponents, placing them at 4th worse in the league. Strangely they have to be on the lookout in the 2nd quarters, as they are allowing almost 12 points during that quarter, sitting them at second worst. In total yards, they are allowing their opponents to produce 417 yards per game.

Their defensive exceptions have been Zach Cunningham and J.J. Watt, nonetheless, they haven’t really excelled as much as we’d expect. There were high expectations for the team this season, so we’ll see if they manage to change things around.

The Browns need to ignore their superstar’s season ending injury and get a win

All is not lost for Cleveland this year, despite the fact that Odell Beckham Jr tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season, they sit 3rd in the AFC South. They are currently behind the undefeated Steelers at 8-0, and the Ravens at 6-2.

It’s going to be a tough path ahead as both these teams are in a great spot to get to the playoffs, but they still have a chance to prey on an eventful bad streak from their division rivals. The fact that Odell Beckham is out is definitely a bummer, but they’ll still be able to rely on Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgings.

Baker Mayfield hasn’t had a particularly great season so far, as he has thrown 7 interceptions so far, the silver lining here is that he already has 15 passing TDs and more than 1500 yards thrown. 

The issue here is just like the Texans’ headaches, their inconsistent defense has taken a toll on their win-loss column. They are allowing just under 30 points per game, with their worst quarter being the 4th at 9.9 points during those last 15 minutes. It’s tough to cement a victory if your worst defensive quarter is the last one of the game right? 

We expect this to be a high scoring game as both teams have a decent offense with a not so good defense. If we would have to place our money on this game, we would bet on the Browns to win at home. We would also parlay this matchup at over 53.5 with the Browns victory, getting a nice little payout along the way. 

The Dart Throw: Houston Texans 28 – 33 Cleveland Browns

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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