Texans vs Cowboys matchup preview and current betting lines
Two teams heading in opposite directions will square off in Texas when the Houston Texans visit AT&T Stadium for a date with the Dallas Cowboys. Needless to say, things could get ugly pretty quickly, which is why we’re finding a -17 point spread in most sites.
The Texans have already been eliminated from playoff contention, once again being the first time to get that infamous distinction. The Cowboys, on the other hand, look like an offensive juggernaut ready to take down every team on Earth.
But then again, it’s not like it was Houston’s plan to compete this season anyway. If anything, they get more chances to evaluate their young talent while also thinking ahead to the upcoming NFL Draft, where they’ll have a high pick.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, know it’s been way too long since they reached the promised land. So, just making the playoffs won’t be enough this time around, and coach Mike McCarthy could be on his way out if they underperform under bright lights again.
Players to watch:
Dameon Pierce: The Houston Texans’ offense is nothing short of a disaster, but star RB Dameon Pierce continues to post nice numbers regardless of who’s starting at QB. It’s a shame to see his tackle-breaking skills go to waste.
CeeDee Lamb: CeeDee Lamb has surely embraced that WR1 role with the Dallas Cowboys. His chemistry with Dak Prescott is evident, and it seems like he’s only getting more and more comfortable with the offense as the weeks go by.
Week 14 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Texans vs Cowboys
The opening Texans vs Cowboys spread has the home side favored by 17 points. The Cowboys have topped the 30-point plateau more often than not this season, and they’re fresh off putting up 55 points on the Indianapolis Colts.
However, that win was slightly misleading, as they scored 4 touchdowns in the final quarter. They dominated the Colts, but it’s not like this is a team that’s going to put up 55+ points per game every single week.
The Houston Texans are already eliminated, meaning they have nothing to lose. So, we can expect them to go for it on fourth down multiple times, take risks they wouldn’t take in a regular situation, and just try and play spoiler.
There’s no point in the Dallas Cowboys risking their stars during this entire game. They’re likely to go up by multiple scores in the first half and rest their starters toward the end. That always leaves the door wide open for a backdoor cover.
The opening Texans vs Cowboys odds have this game total sitting at 45 points, which makes perfect sense. As we mentioned already, the Dallas Cowboys are fresh off putting 55 on their own, but that’s not going to happen every week.
Even so, the Cowboys’ offense has been firing on all cylinders this season. CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard continue to help Dak Prescott move the chains, and they’re going to face one of the worst defensive units in the league.
The Texans aren’t set at QB, but Kyle Allen looked slightly better than Davis Mills, and there’s not that much film on him, so Love Smith’s team might be able to surprise the Cowboys every couple of plays with a big gain.
But even if the Texans struggle to march up and down the field as expected, the Cowboys are averaging north of 30 points per game over the past month. Also, they won’t try that hard on defense in the final quarter.