By Eric Schmidt

For the last two NFL seasons, the Houston Texans were a trendy pick to reach the playoffs, with the demise of the Indianapolis Colts this season and playing in a weakened division, the Texans are now the favorite to not only reach the playoffs, but capture their first ever division title. The Cleveland Browns are in their usual struggle to find respectability with a 3-4 record.

The seemingly never-ending rebuilding program in Cleveland has taken yet another step back this season. RB Peyton Hillis has brought more drama to the team than a Kardashian marriage or a Lohan arrest. QB Colt McCoy is struggling to show that he deserves to be the signal caller of the future for the Browns. Cleveland has three wins this season but have only scored 107 total points. In comparison, the winless Miami Dolphins have also scored 107 points in seven games.

The Houston Texans have struggled to find some consistency this season. After early injury issues with RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson has missed multiple weeks and DE/LB Mario Williams is lost for the season. The Texans dropped two straight games to the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens before rebounding with two consecutive wins and a favorable schedule moving forward.

Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips has made a significant difference to the historically weak Texans defense. Nearly dead last against the pass last season, Houston is currently ranked 5th in pass defense and 6th against the run.

Latest Line- Texans (-10.5) 41

The Texans will be without WR Andre Johnson once again this week, but there is no need to worry. RB Arian Foster will control this game for the Texans. The Browns will be without the services of RB Peyton Hillis yet again. I love the Texans here at home, lay the points and take the under as Houston wins 27-10.




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