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Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys - 10/7/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Houston Texans (1-3)
Date & Time Sunday October 7, 2018, 8:20 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Texans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
TV Channel
NBC
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NFL | Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Houston Texans (1-3)
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The Dallas Cowboys will match up against the Houston Texans in an all-Texas version of “Sunday Night Football” in NFL Week 5. 

Dallas comes into this game at 2-2 on the season. The Cowboys dropped their opener 16-8 versus the Panthers, then beat the Giants in Week 2. After that, Dallas fell to the Seahawks 24-13 before edging out the Lions 26-24. 

In the Detroit game, Dallas QB Dak Prescott put up 255 yards and two TDs, and Ezekiel Elliott logged 152 yards off 25 carries. Elliott was also the lead Cowboys receiver with four catches for 88 yards and a score. 

As for the Texans, they’re sitting at 1-3 so far this year. Houston dropped games to the Patriots 27-20, the Titans 20-17 and the Giants 27-22 to open up the season before getting their first win over the Colts 37-34 in a wild Week 4 game. 

In that Indy game, Houston QB Deshaun Watson put up 375 yards, two TDs and one pick, while Lamar Miller led the rush on 49 yards from 14 carries. 

The Cowboys are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in October and 12-26-1 ATS in their last 39 on turf. Dallas is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five following a straight-up win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 in Week 5. 

It’s tough to tell what to make of Dallas this year. Seems some weeks they look like they could potentially contend for a Wild Card in the conference, and other weeks they look like they’re playing for draft status. Defensively, they came out pretty solid but have allowed 24 points in each of their last two games. 

The highest compliment you can pay the Texans this year is that they’ve been in every game so far. Each one of their losses has come by seven points or fewer. I expect Houston to hang around here as well, and maybe even bag a victory. I’m going with the Texans in what should be a very fun game to watch.

Pick:
Houston Texans -3.5

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