Welcome to the 2014 NFL Texas Bowl when the Dallas Cowboys will host their lone in-state rivals on Sunday when the Houston Texans come to Arlington. Both teams are off to surprisingly hot starts to the season. The Texans are 3–1 after finishing in last place last season, while the Cowboys have overcome a season-opener loss to win three games in a row on the strength of running back DeMarco Murray’s legs.
“We can’t let the success get to our heads,” said Dez Bryant, who has caught a team-high 23 passes for 291 yards and three scores. “We have to take it game by game, practice by practice and day by day. If we do that, there’s no telling what can happen.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 2, 2014
The Cowboys have beating the Texans in the last 3 straight matchups.
Matchup: Houston Texans Vs. Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, October 5
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Radio: NFL Audio Pass
NFL Point Spread: DAL –6
NFL Money Line: DAL:–265 HOU:+225
NFL Game Total: 46.5
Texans Vs. Cowboys NFL Betting Pick Preview
On the stat sheet these two squads are evenly matched on both sides of the ball. This game will come down to one thing, the match up between Houston’s opportunistic defensive line and the Cowboys steadly improving offensive line.
Quarterback Tony Romo finally looks comfortable again in the pocket, throwing the ball of his back foot confidently after off-season back surgery and limited preseason play. As long as his offensive line keeps J.J. Watt off of his back long enough, he can pick apart the leaky Texans’ secondary.
Romo should be counting his lucky stars that rookie Jadeveon Clowney is still out recovering from a torn meniscus during the first game of the season and arthroscopic knee surgery Sept. 8. The injury resulted in his landing awkwardly after jumping to bat a pass, not from contact with another player.
On Tuesday, the No. 1 overall draft pick spoke about his injury for the first time since his surgery. He said he hoped to be back in a “few weeks.” He added that he had recently begun running and jogging.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) October 2, 2014
“I keep telling guys, ‘I think I’m ready, I think I’m ready,’” Clowney said Tuesday. “They’re like, man, you just got injured. They’re just like, ‘Take it one day at a time … you have a long career ahead of you also. Don’t rush to come back one time and get hurt again.’ I want my leg to be very healthy before I come back out there.”
Texans Vs. Cowboys NFL Lock Pick Details
The Cowboys are off to their best start in six seasons behind the NFL’s best rushing attack, averaging 165.0 yards per game and if Romo can continue the strong play for last week’s Sunday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints then this team will decimate the Texans.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 3, 2014
Dallas won the last meeting 27–13 at Houston on Sept. 26, 2010, though Foster had 106 yards on 17 carries.
My NFL Week 5 Lock Pick: Houston Texans 24, Dallas Cowboys 35