Money Moving Line Against Cowboys in Sunday Night Matchup with Texans

Oct 07, 2018 6:44 PM EDT
  • The Sunday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans saw no line movement between Tuesday and Sunday morning.
  • The Texans were 3-point favorites most of the week until Sunday afternoon, when the line moved to Houston -3.5.
  • Houston had gone from 50% of spread dollars to 70% in less than a 24-hour span.

The Dallas Cowboys make the short trip to Houston on Sunday night to take on the Texans for state bragging rights.

At 2-2 and 1-3, respectively, neither the Cowboys nor Texans have exactly established themselves as a Super Bowl contender. They certainly haven’t won over bettors’ favor, either, as each team is only 1-3 against the spread.

This game’s line was one of a few this week that had been stuck on the key numbers of 3 or 7. The Texans opened as a 3-point home favorite, moved to -3.5 for about a 20-hour stretch between Monday and Tuesday before moving back to -3.

The Texans were stuck at -3 for most of the week — albeit heavily juiced in their favor — for the remainder of the week … until Sunday.

Shortly after 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, the line moved back to -3.5.

Spread bets have been essentially split 50/50 since around Thursday, give or take a few percentage points. However, since Saturday night, a large influx of money has come in on Houston. At about 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, the Texans had only 51% of dollars. However, by 5:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, that number was up to 70%.

As of 6:30 p.m. ET, that number has dropped closer to 60%, so some buyback on Dallas plus the hook might be the sharper play now. The Cowboys are now +3.5 (-115) at BookMaker.

Credit:

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Dak Prescott

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OPEN
CURR
# BETS
ATL
NYG
-4.5
54
-4
54
WAS
DAL
-1
42
+1
41.5
CHI
NE
+2.5
50
+3
48.5
TB
CLE
-3
49.5
-3.5
51.5
JAC
HOU
-3.5
44
-4
41
NYJ
MIN
+3
47
+3.5
46
SF
LA
+10.5
53
+9.5
52
IND
BUF
-7
42.5
-7
43
LAC
TEN
-7
45.5
-6.5
45
ARI
DEN
+1
41
+1
42
MIA
DET
+2.5
47
+3
46.5
KC
CIN
-6
58.5
-6
58.5
PHI
CAR
-4.5
45
-5
44.5
BAL
NO
-2.5
51
-3
49.5