Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans
NFL preseason pick: Houston Texans -4.5 -110 odds
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The Houston Texans get a nationally televised game on CBS tonight in their first home game of the preseason. The two teams are obvious geographical rivals and meet again in Week 3 in the regular season. After being embarrassed in New Orleans last week where they allowed 300+ yards to the Saints in the first half of a 38-20 loss, the Texans’ toughness is being questioned. Keep your eyes on DE Mario Williams who was criticized for his play as he goes against Dallas’s new LT, Doug Free.
Dallas is still missing two starting offensive linemen while Houston has cluster injuries in the linebacking corps.
The Cowboys have not come with a 100% effort in their dress rehearsal game under Wade Phillips going a perfect 0-3 against the spread. The first-team Dallas offense finally scored their first touchdown last week against San Diego. However, that “big drive” started at the Chargers’ eight-yard line after the Cowboy defense returned a fumble 80 yards. The Cowboys have scored 16, 9, and 16 points in preseason games.
With the Cowboys playing in the Hall of Fame game, this is their fourth preseason game. They have been in camp longer than any other team and even Coach Phillips has called the team “tired”.
Take the Texans