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- 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).