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How the public is betting Browns-Texans in Wild Card game on Saturday

We break down the Wild Card betting splits for Browns vs. Texans.

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The No. 5 Cleveland Browns head to NRG Stadium on Saturday to take on the No. 4 Houston Texans in the Wild Card round. The Browns enter as 2-point road favorites, and the total is set at 44.5. On Christmas Eve, the Browns beat the Texans 36-22. However, Houston was playing without starting quarterback CJ Stroud, who is healthy heading into the playoffs.

All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

The public is leaning heavily with Joe Flacco and the Browns to cover here. Just 30% of bets and 21% of handle land on the Texans to cover +2, while 70% of bets at 79% of the handle fall to the Browns at -2.

Is the public right?

Since Flacco took over at QB, Cleveland is 4-1. The Texans may have played without Stroud the last time these two teams faced off, but Stroud doesn’t play defense, and Houston let up 36 points on Christmas Eve. Despite Houston’s home field advantage, the public is right to lean toward the Browns on this one. They have a lot more momentum heading into this game than the Texans.

Over/Under

The total is set at 44.5, and the public is leaning fairly heavily on the over, with 65% of bets placed and 64% of dollars wagered going toward a high-scoring game.

Is the public right?

Again, this makes sense. The Texans couldn’t stop Flacco and Co. the last time these teams met, and with Stroud returning, we can expect Houston’s offense to be more productive than it was when they put up 22 points in December with two backup quarterbacks.

Moneyline

The Browns moneyline sits at -135, and the Texans find themselves at +114. Despite the better money available on the Houston side, the betting public is riding again with the Browns, placing 61% of bets and 70% of dollars wagered on Cleveland.

Is the public right?

This is a fairly heavy split, particularly in dollars wagered. The betting public feels confident in the Browns’ ability to keep winning, and as mentioned above, they have a multitude of reasons to do so.