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#HOUvsDAL: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction

Despite looking absolutely horrific on for about 10 of their first 12 quarters, the Cowboys responded last Sunday against the Lions and find themselves at 2-2 and right in the thick of things in the .

This week they travel to play their in-state rivals, the , on . Houston came into the season with high hopes due to the belief they had found their franchise in . Things haven't gone as planned for Houston thus far, though much of that is not Watson's fault.

Houston enters this game 1-3 on the year and against the spread, while the Cowboys sit at 2-2 and 1-3 against the spread.

Cowboys +3, o/u 45 points.

Dallas Cowboys

As mentioned, the Cowboys found a way to keep their season alive last week against the Lions, defeating Detroit at home 26-24. For the first time all season the Cowboys offense clicked for four quarters, though they did struggle in the much of the game.

Quietly, the Cowboys hasn't looked as strong as expected the past two weeks, mostly due to their play. Dreams of in 2018 have pretty much died with his , so , and will need to figure it out quickly.

Dallas is surprisingly, to me at least, the underdog here, though the 3 point spread doesn't show much confidence in Houston either.

Houston Texans

After a disappointing 0-3 start to the year, the Texans finally got a victory last week over their division rivals, the . This win came in overtime as a gift by Colts Frank Reich, who inexplicably went for it on fourth down despite being in their own territory. He said after the game that he was playing to win, not to tie, but he ended up losing in the end.

Houston has firepower offensively, led by dynamic second year quarterback Deshaun Watson and . Their , however, is as weak as the Cowboys have seen this year, and should be exploited by and company.

The Texans need this home win to keep any hope at competing in the AFC South alive, especially as both Jacksonville and Tennessee continue to win each week.


  • The Cowboys are 2-3-1 against the spread their last 6 road games.
  • The score total has gone under each of the Cowboys' last 5 road games.
  • The score total has gone under in 4 of the Texans' last 6 games.
  • The Texans are 1-8 against the spread their last 9 games, 1-4 their last 5 home games.
  • The Cowboys are 3-0 straight up, 2-1 against the spread, in their last 3 meetings with the Texans.


Maybe I'm a homer, and maybe I'm falling into the trap after a home win against a 1-3 football team, but I really like the Cowboys this week. Especially getting 3 points.

Houston can put up points, and has the ability to be explosive offensively, but their and offensive line can both be exploited by Dallas. Of course, JJ Watt and will be a problem for the Cowboys offensive line, but if and can play like they did against Detroit, they should be able to defeat the Texans.

I'll take the Cowboys +3 this week.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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