NFL Week 9 Preview: Browns @ Texans
Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans Sun. Nov. 6, 2011 1 p.m. EST
With the Houston Texans in prime position to win the AFC South division title for the first time in franchise history, every game will be important from here on out. Even though every game is crucial for this team on the rise in the NFL, the Texans will have a relatively easy task coming into Week 9 as they set to face off against the lowly Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns may have been a team that looked to be on the verge of a breakout season before the regular season began with some impressive performances in the preseason, but Colt McCoy and company have seemingly fallen apart since the beginning of the season. With Pro Bowl running back and Madden cover athlete Peyton Hillis fighting for a new contract in Cleveland, the Browns haven’t been able to depend on their star running back out of the backfield and as a result have really struggled on offense this season.
The only way I see the Cleveland Browns even having the slightest chance of making this a competitive game is if Peyton Hillis somehow breaks out of his current funk, but that probably won’t happen. With that being said, the Houston Texans will almost certainly cruise to another dominant victory over a lesser opponent in Week 9.
As of right now, the Houston Texans are favored to win this Week 9 matchup with a -11 point spread. With superstar wide receiver Andre Johnson likely back from injury, the Texans shouldn’t have too much trouble covering this spread.
Take the Texans at -11.