Houston Texans (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 5, 2014, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -6 -- Over/Under: 46
The Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans face off on Sunday at AT&T Stadium for an NFL in-state battle of 3-1 teams.
The Dallas Cowboys started their season with a home loss to the 49ers but they have followed that by winning their next three games. The Cowboys offense is averaging a 4thranked in the NFL 28.8 points per game and 383.8 yards per game. Dallas QB Tony Romo has been playing with purpose completing 69.5 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and four interceptions and he has been sacked eight times. DeMarco Murray has looked his best since coming into the NFL averaging 5.4 yards per carry with five touchdowns and not wearing down late in games. Dez Bryant looks like an elite wide receiver leading the Cowboys with 23 receptions while Jason Witten has 15 catches. The Cowboys defense is allowing 21.5 points and 379.8 yards per game with five interceptions, five sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Bruce Carter leads the Cowboys with 25 tackles, Barry Church has 22 tackles, and J.J. Wilcox has 18 tackles. The Cowboys look focused and determined to get back to the playoffs.
The Houston Texans were the worst team in the NFL last season but this year they have things turned around and are off to a 3-1 start. The Texans offense is averaging just 21.8 points and 340 yards per game. Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has completed 65.2 percent of his passes and he has five touchdowns but he also has five interceptions. Arian Foster is back for the Texans and he is averaging 3.9 yards per carry and Alfred Blue replaces the departed Ben Tate and is averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Andre Johnson is healthy once again and he leads Houston with 22 receptions and DeAndre Hopkins has 18 receptions. The Texans defense ranks sixth in points allowed at 16.8 per game and 367.8 yards per game. J.J. Watt is the leader of the Texans defense but Brian Cushing is the leading tackler with 37 and Kendrick Lewis has 27. While the Texans had the worst record last season they were also depleted with injuries.
Dallas is 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 2-5 against the spread following a win by 14 or more points. Houston is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 road games, and 1-7 against the spread following a win.
The number here just looks to be too big as Romo gets sacked a lot and with the attention the Cowboys will be paying to Watt it is bound to leave other rushers wide open for clean hits so while the Cowboys may win it is doubtful they can win by more than field goal.
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