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Cowboys Texans Betting – ‘Boys Earn Much-Needed Win In Dallas

Posted by Stan Simmons on 9/23/2010 12:27:34 PM
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Online betting players could see this as the most important game of Week 3, as Dallas looks to avoid going 0-3, which is a hole that most teams fail to get out of, while Houston aims to go 3-0 when they host the Cowboys this week. The Cowboys will play with a sense of urgency, squeezing out a narrow win over their state rivals.

  • What: NFL betting
  • When: Sunday, September 26th, 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
  • Pick: Dallas Cowboys

What’s On The Line

The Cowboys (0-2) fell 27-20 at home to Chicago, sending the city of Dallas into panic mode, and losing this game would have people writing their obituary. Meanwhile, the Texans (2-0) caught a couple of breaks in a 30-27 overtime win in Washington, and a win over their state rivals would be an exclamation point on an excellent beginning to the 2010 campaign.

Offensive Matchups: Cowboys Texans Betting

Dallas has been putting up plenty of yards through Tony Romo, who threw for 374 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, but he also tossed a couple of picks, and the offense is incredibly unbalanced. The Cowboys are second in the league in passing, but 28th in rushing, which allows teams to predict what they’re going to do. This is a shame as the Cowboys also have a trio of running backs in Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, and Felix Jones who has already proven to be effective. It’s also only a matter of time before Dez Bryant takes Roy Williams’ spot at receiver, as well.

The Texans were more like their normal selves against the Redskins as Matt Schaub exploded for 497 yards and three touchdowns, and while Arian Foster didn’t have a massive game as he did in Week 2, his 69 yards on the ground was more than the 36 that the Cowboys put up in their game. The Cowboys are going to have to figure out who is going to cover Andre Johnson, who had 12 catches for 158 yards and a score, and if they can keep the defense on their heels, the Texans could go off.

Betting Edge: Texans

Defensive Matchups: Cowboys Texans Betting

The Cowboys are 11th in the league in defense right now, but Jay Cutler carved them up last week and it didn’t even matter that Dallas did a brilliant job against their ground game, because they couldn’t stop the passing game. The Cowboys aren’t that deep at the corners, which means the Texans will look to attack them, and Dallas is going to have to figure out a way to get DeMarcus Ware or Anthony Spencer in the backfield to keep Schaub busy.

The less said about the Houston defense, the better: they’re 31st in the league in this category as they were lit up by Peyton Manning in the win over Indianapolis, and Donovan McNabb also exploded in the win over Washington. They’re badly missing the suspended Brian Cushing, who will be back in Week 5, but like the Cowboys, it’s the secondary that seems to be the problem, and corner Kareem Jackson has been burnt many times already.

Betting Edge: Cowboys

Notable Injuries: Cowboys Texans Betting

Cornerback Mike Jenkins (knee) will have an MRI this week, while tight end Jason Witten (head) will be monitored throughout the week for the Cowboys.

The Texans don’t seem to have any serious injuries heading into this game.

Betting Edge: Texans

Outlook and Pick: Cowboys Texans Betting

NFL betting odds should favor the Texans in this contest, as these two have split a pair of meetings since 2002, with the home team winning both times. The Cowboys have had some bad luck in their first couple of games, but it comes down to poor play-calling and execution on offense, and they’re going to have to find a way to take advantage of the Texans. Houston, on the other hand, has had some breaks go their way, and while they’re a good team, we think they should have lost at least one of their games. If the Cowboys can slow down Schaub and Johnson, and get the running game going, they should come away with the win in your sports betting book.

Stan’s Pick: Dallas Cowboys


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