After getting off to a seriously slow start, Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans will be going all out to win their second straight game when they host Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys in a NFL Week 5 Inter-Conference clash that goes down in H-Town on Sunday night.
With Dallas also off to a modest start after four games, let’s find out which Lone Star state playoff hopeful is the right pick to win and cash in.
Cowboys vs Texans NFL Week 5 Odds & Betting Preview
.@Cover4 goes behind Houston enemy lines & they bring you their picks for the best player nicknames.🎥 https://t.co/BFl1Mc7n88 pic.twitter.com/I6CSrvJOQL — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 5, 2018
- When: Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 8:20 PM ET
- Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- TV: NBC
- Live Stream: NFL Live
- NFL Week 5 Odds: Houston -3.5 / Total: 45.5
- Partly Cloudy: 26°C/79°F
- Humidity: 83%
- Precipitation: 20%
- Wind: 9 mph ESE
- Cloud Cover: 34%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why Bet on the Dallas Cowboys?
The Cowboys subdued Detroit 26-24 last weekend to even their record 2-2 as star running back Ezekiel Elliott put his team on his back and carried them to victory. The former Ohio State star racked up a career-high 240 yards of total offense by rushing for 152 yards and adding 88 receiving yards in the win.
“Anywhere you got him the ball, anywhere he had the ball in his hands, he was dominating the game and setting the tone, from the screens to the check-downs to that last play right there,” quarterback Dak Prescott said afterward. “It was just a dominating performance for him.”
Prescott completed a modest 17 of 27 passes for two touchdowns and no interceptions and hooked up with Elliott on a crucial 34-yard pass play on the game’s winning drive.
“I lined up in the slot. I was excited,” said Elliott. “I was excited. I got them one-on-one with me. He made a perfect throw. One pass, we won the game.”
- Average Score For: 16.75
- Total Yards: 311.75
- Pass Yards: 166.50
- Rush Yards: 145.25
- Average Score Against: 19.25
- Total Yards: 306.25
- Pass Yards: 208.50
- Rush Yards: 97.75
Why Bet on the Houston Texans?
After dropping their first three games of the season, Houston got its first win by beating Indianapolis 37-34 in overtime thanks to a laughably ludicrous decision from Colts head coach Frank Reich that led to Houston’s game-winning field goal in overtime.
Star quarterback Deshaun Watson continued his return from a torn ACL by passing for 375 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while rushing six times for 41 yards and another score.
“It was very unconventional, but we’ll take it,” J.J. Watt said after recording two more sacks to become the second-fastest in league history to 80 career sacks.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins hauled in 10 passes for 169 yards and one score while running back Kevin Coutee caught 11 passes for 109 yards. The Texans won it on Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 37-yarder late in overtime.
“It was a roller coaster. I was just trying to steady,” Fairbairn said after missing a 59-yard attempt earlier. “That’s exactly what we needed.”
- Average Score For: 24
- Total Yards: 413.75
- Pass Yards: 290.50
- Rush Yards: 123.25
- Average Score Against: 27
- Total Yards: 382.25
- Pass Yards: 288
- Rush Yards: 94.25
Cowboys vs Texans NFL Week 5 Betting Trends
- Dallas is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Dallas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas’s last 8 games
- Houston is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
- Houston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games
NFL Betting Prediction for Cowboys vs Texans
The Cowboys may have gotten past lowly Detroit in Week 4 win, but I just don’t see Dallas upsetting a Houston Texans team that is clearly superior on both sides of the ball in my mind.
Dallas has some serious issues trying to pass the ball this season and Houston has arguably the best pair of pass rushers in the league in
J.J. Watt and Jadaveon Clowney. In addition to that, the Texans also had their best offensive game of the season last weekend and I believe they’ll be able to duplicate reaching the 30-point plateau at home against the Boys.
The Cowboys are averaging an uninspiring 16.0 points per game this season while Houston is putting up a far more respectable 24.0 points per contest. More importantly the Texans are kind of desperate right now to start playing like the AFC championship contender they were supposed to be coming into the 2018 regular season.
Dallas has gone 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Week 5 games while Houston has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games in the month of October. I’m going with the Texans because of their advantages on both sides of the ball!
NFL Week 5 Pick: Texans 31 Cowboys 23