Point Spread: 3.50 | -115.00 Houston (Away)
**This play has been downgraded to a 5* with the news that Arian Foster will not start**
The Texans have finally pulled the plug on the Ryan Fitzpatrick experiment, choosing to replace him with unproven backup Ryan Mallet. I'll take an unproven backup over a veteran that has proven to be ineffective anytime. This could be exactly what the Texans needed, as Fitzpatrick simply wasn't getting it done.
Cleveland is getting a lot of respect coming off three straight wins, but prior to that they actually lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I don't think the Browns are as good as their record would indicate, and I think they will struggle to contain a Houston team that is coming off a bye week. The Texans have had plenty of time to prepare for this game, and with Jadeveon Clowney healthy, their defense should create all kinds of trouble for the Browns.
Cleveland has been terrible at stopping the run, and I expect the Texans to come out and run the ball with authority. They shouldn't ask Mallet to be much more than a game manager, and a conservative game plan should be a good thing with Houston getting points.