The Cleveland Browns are headed to the postseason for just the second time in the last twenty years, but fans are concerned about their playoff prospects. This is due to their upcoming matchup with the in-form Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round. The last time the Browns faced the Texans in Houston, they emerged victorious with a score of 36-22.
In terms of odds, the Cleveland Browns are currently favored by 2.5 points with a -115 spread, while the Houston Texans are the underdogs with a +2.5 spread and -105 odds. Additionally, the moneyline odds are -143 for the Browns and +123 for the Texans. The over/under points total is set at 44.0, with -110 odds for both over and under.
The game is set to take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The matchup will be broadcast on NBC.
With an 11-6 record, the Cleveland Browns secured the No. 5 seed in the AFC conference, granting them entry into the Wild Card Round. Their upcoming opponent, the Houston Texans, is a team the Browns have had success against in the past, having won the last four meetings, three of which were in Houston.
The Browns’ victory over the Texans was aided by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco’s impressive performance, including three touchdown passes. The Browns’ defense also played a crucial role in limiting the Texans to 22 points. However, the Texans were without their rookie sensation, CJ Stroud, in that game.
CJ Stroud has been an essential player for the Texans, and his absence was felt in the previous matchup against the Browns. In recent games, Stroud has displayed impressive form, recording multiple touchdown passes without being intercepted. His presence on the field is expected to impact the Texans’ performance significantly.
Despite the Texans’ potential improvement with Stroud back in the lineup, the prediction is in favor of the Cleveland Browns, citing their experience and strength in running the ball as key factors in securing a victory. The prediction favors the Cleveland Browns to emerge victorious in the upcoming matchup.