Texans vs. Browns NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Houston Texans NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

Houston Texans NFL Betting

The 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins makes it six straight losses and three straight point spread failures at the online sportsbook. What looked to be a runaway victory for the Fins proved to be a sweat for their supporters after Mike McDaniel decided his 30-0 halftime lead was enough to go through the motions over the game’s final 30 minutes; much to the chagrin of NFL bettors that hit the over of their 30.5 team total. The defeat dropped the Texans to a league-worst 1-9-1 and 4-6-1 ATS for the season. Its league-worst run defense is bound to have its hands full in Week 13 with the Cleveland Browns set to unleash a steady diet of Nick Chubb upon them in Deshaun Watson’s debut as the offense’s QB1. His rushing yards prop is likely to be one of the book’s biggest liabilities of the week!

On Sunday, December 4, 2022, the Houston Texans will return home to host the Cleveland Browns in Deshaun Watson return under center. Tune to CBS at 1 p.m. ET to take it all in live from NRG Stadium.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

Cleveland Browns -7.5

Houston Texans +7.5

Total: 46.5

Money Line: Browns -350, Texans +281

Houston Texans Week 13 Matchup

The lookahead lines had the Texans catching 5 points with the total lined at 44 in Watson’s return to NRG. The betting market scoffed at such a low impost and proceeded to hammer the Browns minus the road chalk. The number to beat is up to +7 by way of 86 percent of the bets and 94 percent of the money going the way of Cleveland per early week wager reports. The Texans have managed just one win and a tie while going 5-5 ATS the last 10 times they caught points in front of the hometown faithful. But when catching a touchdown or more, the team has proven to be a moneymaker in going 7-3 ATS with two covers logged against the Colts and Eagles this season. The total has been pushed up a point to 45 with some 46s starting to hit the board as well. That likely has to do with the matchup as well as seven of the last 10 playing to higher scorers when the Texans received at least a touchdown as hosts.

The Browns will invade Houston owners of the league’s No. 5 ranked rushing attack that’s racked up nearly 155 yards per game and ripped opposing defenses for a healthy 4.9 yards per rush attempt (No. 7); an output that increases to 5.5 when playing away from First Energy Stadium. For Houston to have any shot of not getting laughed off the field, its poor excuse of a run defense will need to find a way to limit what Nick Chubb and Co. can do on the ground. Likely a fat chance considering No. 24 currently ranks fourth overall in overall rushing with 923 yards while leading the league in yards per carry (5.3) with at least 500 snaps under the belt. As stated, the books likely won’t be able to post a rushing prop high enough that garners much of any under attention.

One way the Texans are likely to counter Cleveland’s ground assault is by looking to its own excelled rookie in the backfield. Dameon Pierce is sorely in need of a big showing with his recent performances knocking him down a couple pegs in the race to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Once the favorite to put it on his mantle, he currently clocks in at 9-1 behind the likes of Kenneth Walker III, Chris Olave, and Garrett Wilson. Having failed to even surpass the 10-yard threshold each of the last two weeks, Pierce finds himself in a smash spot against the charitable run defense of the Browns who serve up over 131 yards per game (No. 23) and 4.8 yards per attempt (No. 26). Another rookie – Rachaad White – just got to it for 64 yards on 14 carries. You might want to take a stab at his reduced rushing yards prop in this advantageous spot!

Houston Texans Week 12 Recap

The Texans had no business being on the same field with the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday. But after racking up a comfortable 30-0 lead, Mike McDaniel felt it best to just go through the motions with the belief Houston had no shot of making it a game. Though the Fins were never in jeopardy of losing the game outright, it nearly allowed the Texans to cover the closing 14-point spread after outscoring Miami 15-0 in the second half and came up short of punching it in again due to a turnover. Houston continues to be miserable on both sides of the ball with the move to Kyle Allen under center not moving the needle at all when the Dolphins actually cared. This is the undisputed owner of the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Houston Texans Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs. Indianapolis Colts T 20-20 0-0-1
Week 2 at Denver Broncos L 9-16 0-1-1
Week 3 at Chicago Bears L 20-23 0-2-1
Week 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers L 24-34 0-3-1
Week 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 13-6 1-3-1
Week 6 BYE
Week 7 at Las Vegas Raiders L 20-38 1-4-1
Week 8 vs. Tennessee Titans L 10-17 1-5-1
Week 9 vs. Philadelphia Eagles L 17-29 1-6-1
Week 10 at New York Giants L 16-24 1-7-1
Week 11 vs. Washington Commanders L 10-23 1-8-1
Week 12 at Miami Dolphins L 15-30 1-9-1
Week 13 vs. Cleveland Browns - -
Week 14 at Dallas Cowboys - -
Week 15 vs. Kansas City Chiefs - -
Week 16 at Tennessee Titans - -
Week 17 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - -
Week 18 at Indianapolis Colts - -

As a team that has been among the worst in the NFL, the Texans will not get much in the way of feature TV games. In fact, their only prime time game is in week nine at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Prime Video. That game is scheduled for Thursday, November 3.

Houston has a potentially interesting game in week 13 when they host the Cleveland Browns. If Deshaun Watson is eligible, it is quite conceivable that he would be the Browns starting quarterback, returning home to Houston, where his career fell apart after such a promising start.

As far as fan pride goes, the Texans' week 14 game at the Dallas Cowboys rates higher than any other matchup in 2022. Before their infamous flameout at Kansas City, The Texans were a more successful franchise than the Cowboys. Yet it didn’t matter, as Dallas has always been the dominant brand in the state of Texas.

NFL Football Picks

Houston Texans Past Seasons (2002)

2021 4-13 None
2020 4-12 None
2019 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2018 11-5 Lost Wild Card
2017 4-12 None
2016 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2015 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2014 9-7 None
2013 2-14 None
2012 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2011 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2010 6-10 None
2009 9-7 None
2008 8-8 None
2007 8-8 None
2006 6-10 None
2005 2-14 None
2004 7-9 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 4-12 None

Houston is not a franchise that has lacked regular season success. The Texans made the playoffs six times from 2011 through 2019. However, their postseason record has been hapless, with no advancement past the divisional round. The Texans were founded as a 2002 expansion team following the move of the Houston Oilers to Tennessee.

Following their stunning 2019 AFC Divisional Playoff loss at the Kansas City Chiefs, the Texans have never been the same. Houston jumped out to a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter, and many fans and gamblers believed that the game was over. Instead, Kansas City exploded to score 41 unanswered points en route to a 51-31 win. The humiliation for the Texans has never been lived down. And it caused then-head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien to lose his mind.

In the offseason leading up to the 2020 campaign, O’Brien came off as unhinged with bizarre roster moves that seemed to have been an overreaction to the loss at Kansas City. The team tuned out O’Brien, and he was fired early in the 2020 campaign after an 0-4 start. Since that debacle in Kansas City, the Texans have never returned to the postseason.

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