Browns vs. Texans: 5 bold predictions in Week 13

Browns, Myles Garrett. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Browns, Myles Garrett. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones
Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

1. Browns win by double digits

If the first four predictions come true, there should be no reason for this final one to be incorrect.

Cleveland might be just 4-7 on the season but they’ve been incredibly close all year. They lost to the Jets by one point, the Falcons by three, the Chargers by two, the Ravens by three, and the Bills by eight. That’s five losses by one score, with only two of their defeats coming by more than this.

And all seven of those losses were against good teams. Out of all the defeats, only the Falcons have a losing record right now at 5-7, but they too have been in some close games.

Sunday marks the first time since Week 3 they will be playing a team that’s not good and when that happened, it was a 29-17 win for Cleveland against the Steelers — and while Pittsburgh has struggled this season, the Texans are still doing much worse.

That’s why it makes sense to believe this will be the game where the Browns put it all together. Their top-rated offense will finish more drives thanks to the presence of Watson. His ability to move the chains will also help the ground game find more room and it will even be a benefit for the defense.

Those extended drives mean less time on the field for them, and more rest in between drives. Throw all of that together and Cleveland wins this one easily, topping Houston by at least 10.