Game time Sunday is at 1:05 PM Eastern and SBG global sportsbook opened with Houston as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under of 47.5. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
Home for the Super Bowl?
The Dallas Cowboys began the season as one of the favorites with the NFL odds to win the NFC and become the first ever team to play the Super Bowl on their own home field. Owner Jerry Jones went public about the topic and admitted that was one of his life’s big dreams and goals. Dallas may be home for the Super Bowl but in the stands watching rather than on the field playing unless they jumpstart the offense.
Dallas struggled throughout the preseason on offense but their woes were written off and it was said that once the regular season began the Cowboys would begin to shoot up opposing defenses with plenty of points. While quarterback Tony Romo has nice stats and a 66% completion percentage he has been unable to lead Dallas to paydirt consistently as the ground game ranks 29th in the NFL and the receiving corps has not shown the ability to stretch the field. The defense has also been subpar and ranks 19th for points allowed.
Meanwhile the Houston Texans prepare to face “America’s Team” with the potentially new moniker of “Texas’ Team.” The Texans have a NFL betting record of 2-0 both straight up and against the spread and are coming off a thrilling 30-27 overtime win at Washington in which they rallied from a 27-10 deficit in the 3rd quarter. Houston is shooting for its first ever playoff appearance and is well on their way after also defeating defending AFC Champion Indianapolis on opening day. All Pro quarterback Matt Schaub threw for almost 500 yards at Washington last week.
Jerry’s World Imploding
Dallas faces the stark possibility of a 0-3 start. Jones is the blame as he refuses to hire a real coach with strength, preferring instead a puppet with Wade Phillips.
Dallas has beaten the NFL odds in just 5 out of their last 16 road games while Houston has gotten the money in just 2 out of their last 10 games when coming off a pointspread payout in their previous game.