Sunday Night Football features the Battle of Texas this week as the Cowboys travel down to Houston to take on the Texans.
Neither team owns the won-lost record they envisioned earlier in the year. But both come off exciting victories in Week 4 and look to get back into playoff contention.
Each team’s top star stepped up and took control last week. Ezekiel Elliott led his team in both rushing and receiving yards and scored a touchdown in Dallas’ last-second victory over the Lions.
Dak Prescott wasn’t asked to do much, nor was anyone else. It was a gutsy performance by Dallas, especially its two diminutive receivers, Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin, both of whom finished the game despite injuries.
Elliott and tight end Geoff Swaim caught Prescott’s two touchdown passes, but it was Brett Maher’s four field goals in four tries, including his last-second 38-yarder, that gave the Cowboys the victory.
Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson showed he can put together more games like he did last season. Watson threw for 375 yards and ran for 41 more. His two touchdown passes and a rushing score gives Texan fans hope he can carry the team back into contention.
DeAndre Hopkins (10 catches, 169 yards,and a touchdown) did his thing. Will Fuller caught his expected touchdown before leaving the game with 4 catches and 49 yards. He has now caught a touchdown from Watson in every game the two appeared together.
But the big news in the passing game was the arrival of rookie Keke Coutee. Coutee caught 11 passes on 15 targets for 109 yards in his NFL debut. With another threat like that, Watson could be unstoppable the rest of the season.
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Who will win the Cowboys-Texans game?
Dallas already has one more loss than the NFL East-leading Redskins and face a tough task in Jacksonville in Week 6. They see this as a winnable game and they can’t afford to lose winnable games.
Houston can’t fall to 1-4 if they expect to make a run at the Jaguars or the surprising Titans in the AFC South.
JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney racked up some sacks and pressures the past two weeks while controlling the running game. But Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys line is better than anyone they’ve seen so far.
Watson will have to keep the Texans in front and hope to draw Prescott into a passing battle. That is a pretty tall order, but it can be done. Final score: Texans 27, Cowboys 24