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Week 9 NFL Picks: Experts Like Texans Over Browns

For more on the Browns, visit SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature

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The Cleveland Browns have a difficult challenge this week when they go on the road to face the AFC South-leading Houston Texans. Cleveland is 3-4, but sitting in last place in the AFC North and their victories have come over teams with a combined two victories. The Texans, meanwhile, have established themselves as the early frontrunner to replace the Colts in the AFC South. That has led many to pick the Texans with confidence this week, such as SB Nation Chicago's Tim Sieck:

Houston 28 Cleveland 14

Texans should head into the bye week with a convincing win over the Browns.

The NFL Simulation site What If Sports paints an even more grim picture. Their simulator has the Texans winning over 83% of the time, and the average margin of victory is double digits:

Matchup Win% Avg Score
Cleveland Browns 16.7 17 Boxscore
@ Houston Texans 83.3 28 Simulate Game

Only the Falcons over the Colts has a larger win percentage.

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