5 Reasons the Cowboys will beat the Texans in Week 14

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4. Texans Have the Worst Rush Defense in the NFL

There’s no team in the NFL worse at stopping the run than the Texans. In 12 games, they’ve already surrendered 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns — while giving up nearly five yards per attempt. They’re also inept at running the ball, going for just 1,055 yards with five touchdowns as a team.

While it’s true that this is a passing league, teams that have no run game at all and can’t stop the opposing team from running at will have never been able to find success. That was the case in Week 13, as Deshaun Watson made his debut for the Cleveland Browns and was more than a little rusty.

Despite just 131 yards from Watson, Cleveland won by two scores thanks to 174 yards on the ground. Conversely, Houston had just 82 yards while going against a very mediocre run defense.

This week, the Cowboys should have no problem putting up similar numbers on the ground. They enter the weekend seventh overall with 1,751 yards and 19 touchdowns. Both Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott have been playing well, and even Malik Davis got in on the fun last week.


For Dallas, this will be a huge key to success. Dak Prescott is sensational when using the play-action, and if Houston finds themselves having to sell out to stop the run, that’s going to open up the big plays in the passing game as well.