Browns at Texans NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Cleveland Browns NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Cleveland Browns NFL Betting

Deshaun Watson will see his first game action in nearly two years this Sunday when he takes on his former team in his debut with the Cleveland Browns. Watson was very good in his last full season with the Houston Texans, completing 70.2% of his passes for 4,823 yards (8.9 YPA) with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2020. However, he has not taken a snap since then after sitting out all of last season due to dozens of sexual harassment allegations. Watson (and a sixth-round pick in 2024) were traded from Houston to Cleveland in March for three first-round picks, a third-round pick, and two fourth-round picks. He was subsequently suspended for the first 11 games in 2022, setting up a showdown with Houston in his first game back.

There will be a lot more buzz than usual for a game between teams with a combined five wins in December when the Houston Texans host the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 1 p.m. ET on CBS from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

Cleveland Browns -7.5

Houston Texans +7.5

Total: 46.5

Money Line: Browns -350, Texans +281

Cleveland Browns Week 13 Matchup

Kyle Allen will make his second start of the season this Sunday. Allen was not great in his debut last week against Miami, as the Dolphins took a 30-0 lead into halftime before shutting it down in the second half. He ended up completing 26 of 39 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and he was sacked five times on the day.

Houston doesn’t have much in the way of help on offense. Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins have combined for less than 1,000 yards and two touchdowns as the top two wideouts on the team, while rookie running back Dameon Pierce is one of the few bright spots with 788 yards (4.4 YPC) and three touchdowns.

The Browns rank 30th in scoring defense (26.0 PPG). They have not done a great job stopping the run, as this team was built to play from ahead with speedy linebackers and defensive ends that get after the quarterback rather than play the run. Fortunately, this unit is largely healthy including standout defensive end Myles Garrett who leads the team with 10 sacks.

Nick Chubb is having a pretty awesome season on a team that will likely miss the playoffs. Chubb has run for 1,039 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he is averaging 5.2 YPC this year. The offensive line has done a great job blocking for him, and the tackles are a strength.

Deshaun Watson will have some decent targets in Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and tight end David Njoku. However, there could be some timing issues and miscommunication early on given Watson’s lengthy suspension and absence from team activities.

The Texans have struggled to stop the run, surrendering 4.9 YPC and 168.6 YPG on the ground. They have a very undersized defensive end in Jerry Hughes, so don’t be surprised if Chubb runs his way often on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns Week 12 Recap

The Cleveland Browns picked up a much-needed victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Cleveland still has a slight chance of making the playoffs, but this team cannot afford anymore losses going forward. They can’t play for draft position since they dealt their draft capital to Houston in order to acquire Deshaun Watson, so there is no tanking for this franchise.

Jacoby Brissett was not bad in place of Watson during the first three months of the season. He had another decent outing against Tampa Bay last week too, completing 23 of 37 passes for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Amari Cooper was the top receiver with seven receptions for 94 yards, while David Njoku caught five passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Nick Chubb had another great game too, carrying the ball 26 times for 116 yards and a TD.

Tom Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat. Brady’s top receiver was Chris Godwin who had 12 receptions for 110 yards and a TD. He was unable to connect with Mike Evans often though, as Evans had just two catches for 31 yards on nine targets.

Cleveland’s maligned run defense wasn’t great, but the Browns did a better job than usual against Tampa Bay. Rachaad White finished with 14 carries for 64 yards, but most of that came off a 35-yard scamper early in the first quarter. The Buccaneers didn’t have much success with the ground game aside from that, although White did catch nine passes for 45 yards.

Cleveland Browns Schedule & Results

WEEK MATCHUP RESULT RECORD
Week 1 at Carolina Panthers W 26-24 1-0
Week 2 vs. New York Jets L 30-31 1-1
Week 3 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers W 29-17 2-1
Week 4 at Atlanta Falcons L 20-23 2-2
Week 5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers L 28-30 2-3
Week 6 vs. New England Patriots L 15-38 2-4
Week 7 at Baltimore Ravens L 20-23 2-5
Week 8 vs. Cincinnati Bengals W 32-13 3-5
Week 9 BYE
Week 10 at Miami Dolphins L 17-39 3-6
Week 11 at Buffalo Bills L 23-31 3-7
Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23-17 (OT) 4-7
Week 13 at Houston Texans - -
Week 14 at Cincinnati Bengals - -
Week 15 vs. Baltimore Ravens - -
Week 16 vs. New Orleans Saints - -
Week 17 at Washington Commanders - -
Week 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers - -

In a home game, the Browns will make a week three Prime Video appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns get an ESPN Monday Night Football home date against the Cincinnati Bengals in week eight. By then, fans and gamblers will know if Deshaun Watson is the answer at quarterback.

NFL Football Picks

Cleveland Browns Past Seasons (2000)

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2021 8-9 None
2020 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2019 6-10 None
2018 7-8-1 None
2017 0-16 None
2016 1-15 None
2015 3-13 None
2014 7-9 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 5-11 None
2011 4-12 None
2010 5-11 None
2009 5-11 None
2008 4-12 None
2007 10-6 None
2006 4-12 None
2005 6-10 None
2004 4-12 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2001 7-9 None
2000 3-13 None

The Cleveland Browns are one of the legacy franchises of the NFL. Yet the Browns have a complex history that is part of that DNA. The original Browns were founded by the late great Paul Brown in the All-America Football Conference. Cleveland won all four of its championships in the AAFC before merging into the NFL. In their first NFL season, the Browns won the championship. Subsequently, Cleveland played in the NFL championship game the next five years, winning the final two times.

By the early 1960s, the club grew stale under Paul Brown. And in 1962, Brown was fired by new owner Art Modell. After winning the 1964 NFL championship, the Browns were a perennial contender for most of the next three decades. However, they never made the Super Bowl after the 1966 AFL-NFL merger.

In 1995, Modell moved the original Browns to Baltimore to become the Ravens. The second iteration of the Browns was born in 1999 as an expansion team. Cleveland has a passionate fan base and has been plagued by incompetent ownership and consistent losing. Since their return to the NFL, the Browns have only two playoff appearances.

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