Cowboys vs. Texans Betting Guide: Who Has Edge in This Preseason Pick’Em Matchup?

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Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott

Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds

  • Spread: PK
  • Over/Under: 40
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET

The Cowboys host the Texans in one of six Preseason Week 3 games on Saturday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines and actionable betting takeaways for both teams.

Houston Texans

Don’t underestimate how special this Texans offense could be with 16 regular-season games from each of Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

  • Watson, Hopkins and Fuller have played 11 games together over the past two seasons. Fuller has caught 45 passes for 782 yards and 11 scores in those games, Hopkins has caught 69 passes for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Watson has posted a 65% completion rate, averaged nine yards per attempt and accounted for 32 total touchdowns.
  • Fuller is, in a sense, the key that unlocks this elite offense. Watson averages 9.03 yards per attempt with Fuller vs. 7.2 without. Hopkins has 12 touchdowns in 11 games with Fuller compared to 12 scores in 21 games without since 2017.

The team (finally) attempted to improve its offense line this offseason, adding Alabama State tackle Tytus Howard with the 23rd overall pick as well as Northern Illinois tackle Max Scharping with the 55th overall pick.

Regardless, Watson remains one of the league’s finest quarterbacks at avoiding free rushers.

Dallas Cowboys

The Antonio Brown saga in Oakland has overshadowed some of the issues going on in Dallas, where Ezekiel Elliott remains MIA and Amari Cooper sidelined with a foot/heel injury.

It sounds like Cooper will suit up in Week 1, but it also doesn’t sound like he’s particularly close to 100%.

The Cowboys figure to boast a better offensive line in 2019 thanks to the return of All-Pro center Travis Frederick and improvement from second-year guard Connor Williams. Still, the hindrance of their top-two skill position players is hardly a recipe for success.

Gambling Rule No. 133,392: In a preseason pick-em matchup, always go with the team not coached by the league’s worst coach against the spread.

PICK: Texans PK