The Houston Texans are one of the most competitive teams when it comes to fighting for the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. They are currently 1-10-1 and have a two-game lead for the worst record in the NFL.
This week, they’re the biggest underdog on the board as they face their in-state rivals from Dallas. The Cowboys have won three straight and five out of their last six coming into this home game.
Can the Texans be competitive here and at least cover the NFL betting odds or are they in line for another blowout loss?
Texans vs Cowboys Betting Lines
Mills Wasn’t The Problem
Houston benched Davis Mills because the young quarterback simply wasn’t progressing in his development. However, he’s clearly not been the only problem. Their offense with Kyle Allen hasn’t been any more efficient.
Allen has completed just 59 percent of his passes for 416 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Thus, the decision was made to go back to Mills to start on Sunday. Either way, the team just isn’t good enough to compete right now, both offensively and defensively.
What’s worse is the players are starting to lose faith in the coaching staff. They had a lot of fights in the first five weeks, going 1-3-1 with the three losses coming by an average of 6.7 points per game. Those who bet online have seen them lose by at least eight in five straight games.
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Dallas’s Defense Is Unbelievable
Dallas’ offense gets the attention but the Cowboys are stellar defensively. They rank fifth in the league in yards allowed per game, first in sacks, and second in turnovers. You can look at all three levels of the defense and there’s talent all over the place.
Micah Parsons is a generational talent and Trevon Diggs is an interception machine. They get a Houston team that has turned it over 20 times, the third-most in the league. That’s a recipe for disaster if you’re the Texans and a possibility to explode if you’re Dallas.
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Texans vs Cowboys Head to Head
It’s been a few years since the Texans have taken on the Cowboys. That last matchup came in 2018 with the Texans winning 19-16 in overtime with Deshaun Watson at QB.
Texans vs Cowboys Game Information
- Game: Texans vs Cowboys
- Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m.
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Dallas
- How to watch Texans vs Cowboys?: FOX
Texans vs Cowboys Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Texans vs Cowboys Game Weather Conditions
This is a dome game, so the weather won’t be a factor in this one.
Texans vs Cowboys Picks & Prediction
Predicted Score: Cowboys 41, Texans 17
- Worth Betting on the Moneyline?
The Moneyline is huge here but the Cowboys winning is the best decision that you can make for your NFL picks. Dallas is the far better team overall right now on both sides of the field. The Cowboys will be dominant in this game and take care of Houston in front of their own fans.
- Worth Betting ATS?
The spread in the sportsbook has the Cowboys favored by 17 points right now, an absolutely massive spread compared to some previous matchups.
While it’s hard to believe that the Cowboys can cover this spread, this wouldn’t be the first time that Dallas blows out an opponent.
When this defense forces turnover, the Cowboys run the score up. They beat the Indianapolis Colts 54-19 on Sunday night, the Chicago Bears 49-29 and the Minnesota Vikings 40-3. Blowouts have been a staple of the Cowboys and they’ll crush the Texans here.
- Worth betting on the Totals?
The total is set at 44 points. It’s definitely worth betting on the over here as the Cowboys have a genuine possibility of breaking this mark on their own.
Dallas is going to run the football and take full control of this game from the jump. If the Cowboys do that, Houston will be forced to go hurry up and turnovers will be on the way.
If Dallas can’t break the total themselves, Houston will likely have to work in the fourth quarter to bring the game closer and run the score up a little more.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.