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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 10/15/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




CLEVELAND (0 - 5) at HOUSTON (2 - 3)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/15/2017 1:00 PM
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CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-5-5.21-41-415.45.6320.6(5.1)2.624.817.4304.8(5.3)1.2
Road Games0-2-2.20-21-119.010.5366.0(5.6)4.027.524.5336.0(5.3)1.5
Last 3 Games0-3-3.20-31-216.34.7326.7(5)2.326.317.3299.0(5.3)1.0
Grass Games0-4-41-30-412.23.5314.2(5.1)2.523.214.7297.2(5.2)1.2
CLEVELAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)15.45.620.628:4523-89(3.8)21-3954.3%231(5.9)63-321(5.1)(20.8)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.49.41930:0928-122(4.3)20-3358.9%202(6.1)62-324(5.3)(15.2)
Offense Road Games19.010.522.526:3421-102(4.9)21-4447.2%264(5.9)65-366(5.6)(19.3)
Defense (All Games)24.817.419.031:1527-77(2.9)23-3174.0%228(7.4)57-305(5.3)(12.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.18.511.217.631:5127-103(3.8)21-3264.3%204(6.4)60-307(5.2)(16.6)
Defense Road Games27.524.520.033:2534-114(3.4)21-2972.4%222(7.7)63-336(5.3)(12.2)
CLEVELAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-542.2%0-00.0%1-7(8.7)3-31(9.2)10-87
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-538.3%0-033.3%1-29(20.6)19-3(6.9)8-63
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-642.9%0-00.0%0-0(0)3-17(5.8)9-72

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-3-1.43-23-228.813.4344.6(5.5)1.626.016.6323.2(5.7)1.4
Home Games1-2-2.11-22-132.712.3346.7(5.5)2.028.318.7308.3(5.4)1.7
Last 3 Games1-2-0.82-13-041.319.0418.0(6.4)1.330.719.3347.0(6.3)2.0
Grass Games1-2-2.11-22-132.712.3346.7(5.5)2.028.318.7308.3(5.4)1.7
HOUSTON - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.813.422.631:2631-141(4.5)19-3261.4%204(6.5)63-345(5.5)(12)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.49.92130:4127-120(4.5)21-3559.2%229(6.5)62-349(5.6)(15.6)
Offense Home Games32.712.325.330:2629-137(4.7)20-3459.4%210(6.2)63-347(5.5)(10.6)
Defense (All Games)26.016.618.028:3427-102(3.7)19-3064.2%221(7.5)57-323(5.7)(12.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.81320.531:5128-126(4.5)21-3265.3%230(7.2)60-356(5.9)(13.8)
Defense Home Games28.318.719.029:3431-123(4)17-2664.1%186(7.1)57-308(5.4)(10.9)
HOUSTON - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.51.51.613-538.8%1-053.3%2-41(21.4)20-2(9.1)7-60
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.5%1-066.7%2-50(24.8)3-48(17.1)7-71
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.60.51.1 13-538.8%0-054.5%2-40(21.7)23-2(9.8)8-68
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-538.9%0-0100.0%2-43(21.3)2-30(14.8)7-80
Average power rating of opponents played: CLEVELAND 18.2,  HOUSTON 23.4
CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/17/2017@ BALTIMORE10-24L7.5L39.5U21-9320-42-293532-13625-34-2012
9/24/2017@ INDIANAPOLIS28-31L-1L42O21-11122-47-235336-9217-24-2431
10/8/2017NY JETS14-17L1.5L41.5U33-14024-36-279318-3423-30-1781
10/15/2017@ HOUSTON            
11/12/2017@ DETROIT            

HOUSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/14/2017@ CINCINNATI13-9W5W38.5U35-16815-24-98024-8220-35-2131
9/24/2017@ NEW ENGLAND33-36L13W44.5O32-12522-33-292220-5925-35-3371
10/8/2017KANSAS CITY34-42L2L44.5O23-14416-31-248135-12729-37-3230
10/29/2017@ SEATTLE            
11/12/2017@ LA RAMS            
CLEVELAND: Second-round draft pick QB DeShone Kizer has great tools, but he's going to be thrown into the fire before he's ready. His receiving group may be the NFL's worst, with WR Kenny Britt as the No. 1 option and 2016 first-rounder WR Corey Coleman looking woefully overmatched last season. RB Isaiah Crowell will be the early-down, between-the-tackles runner, while RB Duke Johnson will be a game-breaker on outside runs and short passes. Ranking 31st last season, Cleveland's defense has been stockpiling young talent. No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett joins edge-rushers Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib, who both showed promise as rookies last year. The Browns locked up productive LBs Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey long-term, CB Joe Haden is still one of the league's better coverage men and hybrid rookie Jabrill Peppers is likely to play all over the formation.
HOUSTON: Houston's roster may be just a QB away from title contention. Rookie QB Deshaun Watson will be the starter before long, but is severely lacking experience in a pro-style offense. Stud WR DeAndre Hopkins never built a rapport with Brock Osweiler last season, and second-year WRs Will Fuller and Braxton Miller should have increased roles in 2017. RB Lamar Miller would benefit from a quality passing game to keep defenses honest. The world received further proof of how astoundingly overrated DL J.J. Watt is, as the Texans gave up the fewest yards in the NFL despite Watt having been limited to one solo tackle over three September games before being placed on injured reserve. Their defensive front is stocked with pass-rushing talent, DE Jadeveon Clowney and LB Whitney Mercilus among them, and opponents have not yet found a solution to their blitzing schemes. The loss of top-tier CB A.J. Bouye is a concern, though 2015 first-rounder CB Kevin Johnson is returning from a broken foot that cost him most of 2016.
Browns turn to Hogan for QB help against Texans

HOUSTON -- Eternally wedged between a rock of despair and the hard place of misguided decisions, the Cleveland Browns spent the preseason committed to rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, for better or for worse, even though he was facing a protracted maturation process.

A mere five games into that binding relationship, the Browns (0-5) seemingly separated themselves from Kizer, naming backup Kevin Hogan their starter for their Sunday road game against the Houston Texans (2-3).

When Hogan takes the field at NRG Stadium, he will become the 28th signal-caller to start a game for the Browns since they were reborn in 1999.

"I think sometimes it's good for guys to take a step back and see where they are so they have an opportunity to go back out there and do it again," Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "This is by no means the end of DeShone Kizer, but I think he's competitive like any young man would be.

"(He'd) love to be out there playing and competing, but sometimes these things happen and it's my job as a leader to make sure I get him through whatever tough roads there are so we can come out on the other side, and I think he'll do that."

Kizer has struggled mightily, but that was expected. He has completed just 50.9 percent of his attempts while tossing three times as many interceptions (an NFL-high nine) as touchdowns (three).

With Kizer at the controls, the Browns were 26th in net yards per pass attempt (5.5), 27th in yards per play (4.9), and dead last in passer rating (60.2).

Only the Miami Dolphins, who signed quarterback Jay Cutler out of retirement and inserted him into the starting lineup during the preseason, have scored fewer points per game than the Browns' 15.4.

That the Browns will pin their hopes, at least in the interim, on Hogan speaks volumes of their desperate search for something positive.

A fifth-round selection (162nd overall) in 2016 out of Stanford, Hogan completed 16 of 19 attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns plus one interception working off the bench last week in a 17-14 loss to the New York Jets.

That marked his third appearance in reserve this season, with Hogan posting a 104.8 passer rating thus far in 2017.

Expecting Hogan to resurrect the Browns seems an exercise in folly. Their offense is largely bereft of talent, and for all the mistakes Kizer has made, he hasn't undermined Cleveland alone.

Furthermore, pulling the plug on Kizer so early in the season might compromise his development. If the Browns have decided to punt on Kizer this early into his career, that speaks to either poor evaluation or development (Kizer was selected in the second round, 52nd overall).

Future franchise aspirations aren't likely to be salvaged by inserting Hogan.

"Well, I see a guy that's improved from year one to year two," Jackson said of Hogan. "Came in the league and knew there were some things he needed to work on.

"Ended up here in Cleveland with us, played for us as a rookie in some games, did some spot things but really took the bull by the horns in the offseason, worked extremely hard and came back and he's been our backup quarterback since we started the season and now he's going to get an opportunity to start."

While the Texans seemingly nailed their quarterback selection last April -- rookie Deshaun Watson has passed for 1,072 yards, leads the NFL with an 8.3 percent touchdown rate and owns a sparkling 100.7 passer rating -- their injury-ravaged defense is aiming to move forward.

The Texans lost two frontline starters on their opening defensive possession Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs: linebacker Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) and end J.J. Watt (leg).

The Texans filled those roster voids by signing veteran defensive ends Kendall Langford and Lamarr Houston, who have totaled 225 games (183 starts), 509 tackles and 48 sacks.

Replacing Mercilus and Watt is no easy task. Langford and Houston represent a step forward.

"Two good veterans, really good guys, a lot of experience," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "Both have experienced adversity in their careers, which I think is a good thing.

"They've had to come back from injuries, they've had to come back and play at a high level. They worked out well. They're obviously in shape, which is the big key in those workouts.

"Both heavy-handed players relative to the positions that they play. Smart players. Guys that I believe can help us. So I think they're definitely two good additions to the team."

Last Updated: 9/20/2018 7:18:35 PM EST

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