Other Sunday Games
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Dolphins-7 | Total: 45.5
The trade deadline has passed, and Tua Tagovailoa is still the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins (1–7). At least until March.
This is the soonest an official swap for Deshaun Watson can be processed with the Texans (1–7), if by then Watson has resolved the 22 allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The actual football competition between these two teams will dominate the saga, with victory proving to be no more for either.
The Miami played the Bills competitively last week, and the Texans traded their best running back, Mark Ingram, to anger their top receiver, Brandin Cook. The discord should be overwhelming for Houston, even if Tyrod Taylor is able to start for the first time since Week 2. Expect the Dolphins to end a seven-game losing streak. to select: dolphin-7
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox
Row: Cowboys -8.5 | Total: 49.5
The Cowboys (6-1) showed last week that they could win without Dak Prescott, and he could even take a day off against the Broncos (4-4). Denver this week traded linebacker Von Miller for the Rams in a white-flag move to the teetering franchise. Although Dallas cornerback Trayvon Diggs and left tackle Tyron Smith are both suspects with ankle injuries, the Cowboys should cover the spread with ease. to select: Cowboys -8.5
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Saints-6 | Total: 43
Jameis Winston tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and he would miss the rest of the season (5-2) for the Saints. If Tessum Hill is still in concussion protocol, Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback against the Falcons (3-4). While coach Sean Payton and the offense adapt to yet another quarterback change, the Saints will lean on their defense, which has allowed the league’s second-lowest point total (128).