They play each other in the preseason every year, but since they are meeting in the regular season, they can now have a true battle for bragging rights in the football-crazed state of Texas. But who’s starting squad is better?
Right now, it is hard to say. The Texans are getting some great production out of the run game and the passing game so far this season—and it’s resulting in points. Through Week Four, they are fifth in the league in points scored (24.0 a game).
But their issue has been the defence. They are doing okay against the run (9th; 94.3 yards/game allowed). Against the pass, it has been a different story (27th; 288 yards/game). Is their relative success against the run because everyone is passing on them or because they are truly good against the run?
They’ll find out Sunday night against the Cowboys. Dallas has struggled in the passing game so far this season but has been one of the better running teams in the league.
The Cowboys will undoubtedly try to run Ezekiel Elliot early and often against the Texans. Not only because he is the best offensive weapon they have, but because the defence against Deshaun Watson is keeping him on the sideline.
So—who’s going to win?
This will be a close game in the first half, but Watson will heat up in the third quarter and put this one away. The offensive issues of the Cowboy are going to rear their ugly head again.
Take Houston to win (-172.41) over the Cowboys (+145) and cover the spread. With the way Dallas has struggled on offence, go with the under (45).