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NFL Week 9 odds: Browns vs Texans

 
Sunday sees the Cleveland browns, who haven't been at their greatest to date, hoping to find some form as they pay a visit to the Reliant Stadium in Houston to face the Houston Texans.
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The Texans at 5-3 are off to their best start in franchise history and are on the back of 2 straight wins despite being without celebrity receiver Andre Johnson, sitting it out once again with his right hamstring injury. His absence doesn't appear to have penalized the Houston Texans and they are looking like a rather tough nut to crack right now.

With the Browns offense still not firing, Houston will be assured of maintaining their sound defensive record, having held foes to under 2 hundred yards the last two times out. Inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been at the center of these defensive displays and appears to be setting an example for the whole Texan line. It might be a challenging call for the Browns to get back to a .500 record and seems like making the 2nd half of the year an uphill struggle if Arian Foster's power running proceeds to build as many difficulties for the opposition.

It would be a surprise to see them turn it around this Sunday, given that Cleveland's 3 victories so far this year have been at the expense of a few of the worst performing outfits in the nfl. Their sole win on the road so far this year has been at the home of the Indianapolis colts.

Even with his 9 td passes this season, rookie Browns quarterback Colt McCoy must be feeling some stress to get the Browns scoring. A year average of 15.3 points per game has not been enough to get the Cleveland browns onto a winning record thus far. Whether Peyton Hillis starts or not, it looks like the confident and in-form Houston Texans might well have to much firepower for the Cleveland browns.