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NFL Picks Week 16, and media picks for Browns vs. Texans

The DBN staff predicts the Week 16 games, plus the national media make their predictions for Browns vs. Texans.

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According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Cleveland Browns are 3 point favorites against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Here is what the national media is saying about the Week 16 game between the Browns and Texans:

CBS Sports (Pete Prisco) - Browns 24, Texans 17

This is a big game for both teams. The Browns have played well with Joe Flacco at quarterback, but he lost his last road start. The Texans should have C.J. Stroud back for this one, but that’s still up in the air. Even if he is back, I think the Browns win it with a few deep balls and solid defense.

CBS Sports (John Breech) - Browns 23, Texans 20

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) - Texans 20, Browns 17

Cleveland has been rocking with Joe Flacco and between Amari Cooper, the running backs and David Njoku, he has the ideal weapons for his pocket passing prowess. But the Browns are only 2-4 on the road vs. 7-1 at home, where their loaded defense also tends to play better. The Texans’ defense is stepping up well under DeMeco Ryans and there should some confidence that C.J. Stroud returns to start at home, where he’s been the better QB.

Sporting News (Bill Bender) - Browns 22, Texans 19

The Browns and Texans are enjoying charmed seasons – and this is a huge game for playoff positioning. Both teams are dealing with several injuries, and if C.J. Stroud can’t go, then this will be the ultimate backup battle between Case Keenum – yes, he played for the Browns in 2020-21 – and Joe Flacco. We’ll stick with Cleveland and that defense on the road.

Below are our Week 16 NFL staff picks: