The Dallas Cowboys travel to Houston, Texas for an in-state showdown against second-year pro Deshaun Watson and his Texans team. This will be the Cowboys first regular-season matchup in Houston since 2010. Until last week Quarterback Dak Prescott struggled to establish any sort of offensive momentum while Watson continues to prove why he earned his first-round selection in 2017. Two young quarterbacks who took vastly different roads to NFL stardom face-off on Sunday night football. Both sides have expressed their opinions on how this game will end, but which team is favored by the numbers?
- Houston is ranked 11th in the NFL in passing (290.5 yds/game), 9th in rushing (123.2 yds/game) and 5th in total offense.
- Texans are 27th in the NFL against the pass (288 yds/game). 24th against the run (94.2 yds/game). 21st overall in defense.
- Watson has thrown an interception in nine of his 11 career games, which includes at least one in the first four games of this year.
- Watson has three consecutive 300-yard passing games and multi-touchdown games.
- Texans have not had a sole rusher reach 100 yards this season, nor have they allowed a 100-yard rusher this season (top rusher: Week 1 Rex Burkhead 64 yds, 0 TDs).
- 3 of the 4 Texans opponents have had a 100-yard receiver.
- Jadeveon Clowney has only registered a sack in one game this season. Watt has back-to-back multi-sack games.
- Houston’s defense allows the third-fewest yards on first down at 3.41.
- Watson has a 68% completion rating when targeting Hopkins.
- Texans defense are 4th best in yards per carry (3.5)
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- Dallas is ranked 30th in the league in passing (166.5 yds/game), 4th in rushing (145.2 yds/game) and 27h in total offense.
- This defense enters the game 6th against the pass (208.5 yds/game), 12 against the run (97.8 yds/game) and 5th in total defense.
- Ezekiel Elliot is the only running back in the NFL averaging more than 100 yards/game (106.5 yds/game).
- Of the running backs with more than 50 carriers, Elliot is leading the league in average yards per carry (5.8).
- Cowboys have allowed a 100-yard receiver once in their last regular season 9 games.
- The Dallas defense is third in the league in sacks with 14 (Texans have allowed at least three sacks per game this season; 17 total).
- Dallas is 2-0 when entering the 4th quarter with a lead; Houston is 0-3 when trailing after the third quarter.
- Jason Garrett is 5-0 against the AFC South with a 3-0 record on the road.
- Dak Prescott is 8-2 in primetime games (6-2 on NBC).
- Since Garrett’s full season (2011) as head coach of the Cowboys they have began the season 2-3 six out of eight seasons. The two times they did not (2014,2016) they made the playoffs.
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