The Dallas Cowboys (0-2) and Houston Texans (2-0) have been preseason rivals over the years but will get a chance to play a game that actually means something when they meet on Sunday in a showdown as big as the state of Texas. Not many people thought the Cowboys would be winless after the first two games, but they can erase that memory with a win at Houston. The Cowboys are 2.5/3 point underdogs on the current lines but with that hovering around a key number like 3 make sure you shop around and get the best price and you can do so on our NFL betting odds page.
The Texans have won their first two games the way they used to lose them – and the way Dallas has dropped its first two so far. Houston is coming off a thrilling 30-27 overtime win at Washington last week behind the arm of quarterback Matt Schaub, who threw for an NFL-high 497 yards and three touchdowns. The Redskins could not stop the duo of wide receivers Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter as they combined for 302 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Arian Foster was the big story in the season-opening 34-24 win over Indianapolis for the Texans with 231 yards but was held to 69 yards on 19 carries, although he added three catches for 69 yards. The Dallas defense has done a great job limiting the run despite losing twice, holding opponents to 63.5 yards per game. The Cowboys are also one of seven teams in the league who have not surrendered a rushing touchdown.
The problems for Dallas have been on the offensive side of the ball, where quarterback Tony Romo has put up solid numbers but failed to deliver enough touchdowns to win. Romo has thrown for a touchdown in each of the first two games but tossed a pair of interceptions in last week’s 27-20 home loss to Chicago. He finished with 374 yards passing against the Bears but has stated his team needs to run the ball better in order to have a better chance to win.
The Cowboys totaled just 36 rushing yards on 20 carries against Chicago and will look to get running back Marion Barber and Felix Jones more involved in the offense against Houston. The return of offensive linemen Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier from injuries did not help much against the Bears, but another week of practice should help get them back on track.
The Texans will be without left tackle Duane Brown due to a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Brown will join reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing on the sidelines, and his absence could be critical against Dallas pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.
Houston has covered the last three meetings with the Cowboys, but all of those happened during the preseason. The last regular-season meeting came in 2006 and resulted in a 34-6 win for Dallas. The OVER is 19-7 in the last 26 September games for the Texans, including both games this season.
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