Beating the Houston Texans (4-5) at home will not be an easy feat for YOUR first-place Cleveland Browns (applause).
The Browns have better overall talent, but Houston boasts two of the best individual players in football: running back Arian Foster and defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Two factors play into the Browns' favor. First of all, Foster is coming off a groin injury, so he may not be as effective as he usually. Secondly, Texans' quarterback Ryan Mallett will be making his first NFL start.
The Browns need to jump out to an early lead. They can't let the Texans hang around at the end of the game, or Watt will pull off a big defensive play to turn things Houston's way.
Cleveland also needs to concentrate on shutting down Foster (if he plays) and dare the Texans to beat them with the inexperienced, rocket-armed Mallett.
Prediction: Cleveland 23, Houston 16.
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