Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 2 game?
The Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns face off on Sunday in a Week 2 NFL game.
Which team will get the victory?
Check out these NFL Week 2 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 10 a.m. MST time on CBS.
The Browns are a 11.5-point favorite in the game.
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Pro Football Network: Browns 20, Texans 17
Ben Rolfe writes: "For as well as the Texans played in Week 1, it is hard to imagine them backing it up this weekend. The level of opposition changes significantly between the Jaguars and Browns. On their part, Cleveland will be hurting after their Week 1 loss and could take that out on the Texans in front of their home crowd."
Sportsbookwire: Texans have had success against the spread vs. Browns
Joe Williams writes: "These teams met last season in Week 10 in a chilly rain on the shores of Lake Erie, and the Browns won 10-7 while the Texans covered a 4.5-point number. The Under was never in doubt of cashing. These teams have met three times since Oct. 15, 2017, which is fairly frequent for two teams not in the same division. Houston is a perfect 3-0 ATS with the Under 2-1."
Fansided: Browns will win big vs. Texans
Thomas Snodgrass writes: "The Texans are not unwatchable! At least they weren’t in Week 1. Tyrod Taylor looked like a starting NFL quarterback, and the Houston defense forced a few turnovers. They looked like a team that was ready to go, but that was against a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut (Trevor Lawrence), and a head coach also making his NFL debut (Urban Meyer). Cleveland looked strong all game against Kansas City in Week 1, and there’s no reason to expect the Browns to exit the game against the Texans as an 0-2 team. Cleveland’s running game, with running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, will roll over this Houston defense; and Mayfield won’t make the same mistake twice. The spread is fairly lofty at this point, and you could wait to see how the line moves and wait for it to maybe drop, but I’m not waiting around. I like Cleveland to win by two touchdowns in this one. The Browns are going to have a big showing in their home opener to prove that the Dawgs can shred with the big dogs."
Cleveland.com: Browns should dominate Texans
Ellis L. Williams writes: "Taylor returns to Cleveland to face one of his many former teams. In several ways, he’s the same quarterback from 2018. He’ll protect the ball, take collected risks and scramble well when necessary. But the Texans’ offensive line won’t be able to block Myles Garrett or Jadeveon Clowney. Plus, Malik McDowell earned a team-best defensive grade of 83 overall from Pro Football Focus. The Browns should again dominate up front without having to worry about stars like Mahomes, Hill or Travis Kelce. Cleveland lost in Kansas City because its offense stalled twice in the fourth quarter. That shouldn’t be an issue in front of a sold-out FirstEnergy crowd and a roaring Dawg Pound."
Sportsnaut: Browns 48, Texans 3
Matt Fitzgerald writes: "Who on the Texans’ front seven is going to be able to hang with a Browns offensive line that returns all five starters from 2020’s unit, which ranked No. 1 in Pro Football Focus’ rankings? Stopping Cleveland’s backfield juggernaut of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is an impossibility with the way Houston’s roster is currently constructed."
Browns Wire: Browns will roll against Texans
Jeff Risdon writes: "The Browns follow up the toughest game on the slate with what should be the easiest. The Texans feature several former Browns — QB Tyrod Taylor, CB Terrance Mitchell, DT Vincent Taylor, TE Pharaoh Brown, S Eric Murray and LB Christian Kirksey all project to start for Houston. None outside of Mitchell would ever see the field for these Browns in the home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium."
ESPN: Browns have an 81.3% chance to win
The site's Football Power Index gives the Texans an 18.5% chance to pick up the victory.
FiveThirtyEight.com: Browns have an 86% win probability
The site gives the Texans a 14% win probability in the game.
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