The Houston Texans enter Week 13 with an eight-game winning streak as they are favorites against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
Going into Week 13, the Houston Texans are playing a high level of football as they are set to host the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off a big win of their own from last Sunday when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Texans’ most recent win came on Monday Night Football when they defeated the Tennessee Titans, keeping a two-game lead in the AFC South with five games left in the regular season. That brings us to this Sunday in Houston, where the Texans are not only hosting the Browns, but according to OddsShark.com, they are between -6 to -7 point favorites in the AFC matchup.
Though the Browns aren’t allowing a lot of pressure on their quarterback in the month of November, they will have to be at the top of their game to stop the momentum-filled defense of the Texans, including defensive end J.J. Watt, who keeps continuing his season of resurgence.
Watt this season has 45 total tackles, 11.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Those are outstanding numbers, but even more impressive for Watt, for the fact his two previous seasons were full of injuries and missed games. It will be very interesting to see if Watt can get pressure on rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Browns, and even better than that, to watch to see how the rookie responds to that pressure.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Texans, what to watch is to see how Lamar Miller responds to having the big-time game he had on Monday night against the Titans. Miller not only had his second-career 97-yard touchdown run – an NFL record – but he totaled 162 yards on 12 carries.
What it comes down to the most with Miller is his overall consistency and having solid numbers each game. He most likely won’t have over 160 yards rushing this weekend, but if he’s able to gain 100 yards on the ground, that would be a huge help in the Texans gaining their ninth straight win.