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Sunday Night Football Week 5, Cowboys vs. Texans

There'll be a Texas showdown under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football as the 2-2 Cowboys face the 1-3 Texans in NFL week 5. Both teams are coming off big wins in week four, so whoever wins this matchup will get another huge momentum boost. To live the full excitement of this Lone Star State battle, check out the odds in our NFL sportsbook, where we have lines for this and all the other games of week 5 plus some great bonuses to make NFL Football even more thrilling.

For the Texans, their overtime victory last week against the Colts all but saved their season after three close losses to start 2018. Houston will be looking to build off of whatever energy is left from that game. Their success will hinge mostly on quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has rushed for 161 yards so far this season, the most rushing yards for a quarterback in the NFL in 2018. Dallas has been particularly vulnerable to dual-threat QB's so far this season, as they lost to Cam Newton's Panthers and Seattle's Russell Wilson already this season. The bad news for the Texans is that their offensive line has not done an excellent job of protecting Watson, as he has been sacked 11.49 percent per pass attempt.

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Dallas meanwhile is hoping that Ezekiel Elliot is at 100% after leaving the last game with an ankle/ knee soreness. When asked about whether or not the pain would continue into this game, he seemed confident that it was nothing to worry about.

"I was banged up. It's football. That is what it is," Elliott said. "I am young. I got fresh legs. I'm going to get the ball as much as I can."

Elliot is playing in top form so far this season, as he leads the league in rushing yards with 426. He had 152 yards on 25 carries last week against the Detroit Lions. He will be essential to a Dallas offense that has been less potent than the Texans in 2018. The Texans are outscoring the Cowboys by 7.2 points per game so far this season. Running the ball against Houston will be a challenge, however, as their 3.5 yards allowed per rushing attempt ranks fourth overall in the NFL.

Dallas has 5 players listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Trey Williams, Antwuan Woods, Maliek Collins, Chidobe Awuzie, Demarcus Lawrence and Cole Beasley all had limited practice on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Sean Lee and Travis Frederick are not expected to play. Lee is still nursing a hamstring injury, and Frederick is suffering from an illness.

Houston has been bitten hard by the injury bug, as 12 of their players are either questionable or doubtful for this game. The biggest name in the bunch is DE J.J. Watt, who is possibly the best pass rusher in the league. He suffered a thigh injury and had limited practice on Wednesday.

Historically, the Cowboys have gotten the better of the Texans in the four matchups throughout their history. The only time the Texans have ever won this matchup was way back in 2002, in the first-ever game between these teams.

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