Cowboys-Texans SNF Betting Preview: Will the Dallas D Slow Deshaun Watson?

Oct 07, 2018 6:00 PM EDT
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USA Today Sports. Pictured: Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott

Betting odds: Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans

  • Spread: Texans -3
  • Over/Under: 45.5
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: NBC

>> All odds as of Friday morning. Download The Action Network App to get real-time NFL odds and track your bets.


Betting market: Spread bets are split, and sportsbooks are also split, as the line is 3 at about half the books and 3.5 at the other half at the time of writing (check out the updated lines here).

Keep in mind, these numbers are heavily juiced pretty much anywhere you look. If you want Dallas +3.5, you’re going to have to pay -120 or so, whereas the Houston -3 bettors will have to do the same. — Mark Gallant

Trends to know: While they have certainly had their struggles covering at home, the Cowboys have been the second-most profitable road team against the spread in the NFL since 2014 (19-11-1), according to Bet Labs data. They trail only the Bengals in that area. — Stuckey

The Texans have struggled mightily playing in prime time, going 10-23 straight up and 7-24-2 ATS. Since 2002, the Texans’ expansion season, 26 franchises have played at least 30 games in prime time. The Texans’ win percentage of 30.3% is second-worst, ahead of only the Bengals (10-25, 28.6% SU in prime time).

When the Texans face a .500 or better team in prime time, they are 3-19 SU and 3-18-1 ATS in franchise history, beating only the Jets, Bears and Bengals.

Houston faced the Cowboys once before in prime time, the first game in franchise history in 2002. The Texans won as an eight-point home underdog. — Evan Abrams

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