Free Week 5 NFL Prediction: Cowboys vs Texans NFL Odds
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NFL Week 5 Handicapping
(2-2) Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans (1-3)
Date: Sunday, October 7
Time: 8:20 PM
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX.
Week 5 ATS Betting Lines: Houston -3.5
NFL Week 5 Moneyline Odds:
Week 5 NFL Betting Total: 45.0
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It’s Texas AFC against Texas NFC as the Texans host the Cowboys in Week 5 at NRG Stadium. This season hasn’t started well for either team but both sides have some momentum coming into this game after winning tough Week 4 matchups.
With the defending-champion Houston Astros hosting the first two games of the ALDS against Cleveland on Friday and Saturday, the weekend is lining up to be an exciting one in Houston, capped off by Sunday Night Football.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense looked as good as it has looked all season in the 26–24 wins over the Lions. That should be taken lightly, however, because the Lions’ defense really is terrible and the Cowboys didn’t make it look such.
Prescott completed 17 of 27 passes for 255 yards and two scores, both in the second half. One went to Zeke Elliott and the other to little-used tight end Geoff Swaim.
Swaim has actually come on to put up some decent numbers in his last game-and-a-half of football. He caught five balls in the second half of Dallas’ loss to Seattle on Sunday the 23rd. He caught another four in this game, including the touchdown.
Elliott was the star, though. He rumbled for 152 yards on the ground with another eighty-eight receiving yards on four catches.
Demarcus Lawrence recorded all three of the Cowboys’ sacks on defense, which otherwise didn’t provide much resistance for Matt Stafford and the Detroit air game. The Lions’ quarterback finished 24-for-30 for over 300 yards and two scores. In rare fashion, he didn’t turn the ball over.
Dallas has had one of the best offensive lines in the league for a few seasons running now and some injuries and other health concerns have depleted this season’s line from the outset. The Lions provided no pressure, but the Cowboys won’t find things quite so easy against JJ Watt and the Texans.
Watt was all over the field in Week 4 in Indianapolis and helped his team avoid complete the complete devastation that would have been an 0–4 start to the season.
The Texans’ defensive end sacked the quarterback more than once for the second-straight week to snap a streak of over 1000 days without a sack, mostly because of a string of injuries.
Both of Watt’s sacks came before halftime and both resulted in an Andrew Luck fumble. Luck lost the second fumble, giving Houston possession deep in Indianapolis territory right before the half, a possession DeShaun Watson turned into a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
Watson finished the game with 375 yards passing and two touchdown throws; he added forty-one yards and a touchdown on the ground, too, in a clinical fantasy football performance.
Will Fuller V had another big first half, catching four balls for nearly fifty yards and Watson’s first touchdown, but he disappeared in the second half when Indy made its run, tying the game and then converting two points to send the game to overtime.
The Texans’ offensive line wasn’t good, but it was just a tad better than it had been in the first three weeks. It’s encouraging but far from confidence-filling. This game will be won in the trenches.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Raiders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Raiders are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Raiders are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Chargers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Under 45
This is a contrarian play because I imagine the public hammering the over in this game, for some reason. I just don’t think either line is going to handle the opponent’s pass rush well. It could lead to many sacks and turnovers that result in easy points or it could just be a struggle for both teams to score all day.
NFL Free Week 5 Score Prediction: Dallas 13 – Houston 20
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