Cowboys Regress in Loss to Texans

Cowboys take a step back

Were the Dallas Cowboys in a state of decline Saturday night in their 28-16 loss against the Houston Texans, or was this a case of the Texans improving gradually?  The returns seem to be mixed; Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was mediocre, going 14-for-22 for 197 yards with 2 touchdowns and one pick.  But he also fumbled some snaps under center and underthrew some wide receivers.  The team had other issues Saturday night as well; they had difficulty running the ball, got flagged for seven penalties and even missed a PAT.

The Cowboys defense, while outstanding thus far, allowed 142 yards rushing against the Texans, while the first team allowed 2 touchdowns.  They also allowed Texans QB Matt Schaub perhaps look better than he really was.  One would think that the Cowboys simply weren’t on the same page last night; but again, the Texans again put on an impressive display of offense against what is considered to be one of the top defenses in the NFL.

I submit that it is a case of the Cowboys simply having a bad game and the Texans getting better each week.  I fully expect the Cowboys to correct their mistakes from last night; the Texans on the other hand – will they continue their trend of continued improvement going into week 4 of the preseason?  I would assume the starters will get the majority of the action in their last preseason game; this should be a good litmus test for both the Texans’ offensive line and especially their defensive line which hasn’t exactly been lights-out thus far.  Defensive end Mario Williams needs to quickly justify the fat contract he signed as a rookie and the team’s secondary needs to improve, as well.

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One Response to “Cowboys Regress in Loss to Texans”

  1. William East says:

    The Texans are fielding a better team than you are willing to give credit. Piecing together the comments from Dallas Cowboy players it become clear that: (1) The Cowboys were not ready for a team running a quick tempo offense, (2) The Cowboys were not prepared for the power running game, (3) The Cowboys offensive line could not force the issue at the line of scrimmage, and well, a bunch of other stuff. I could detail the other issues but I feel the points I’ve already stated are enough to support to my claim.

    The Cowboys are fortunate to have played a better prepared team at this point in the preseason because this game revealed correctable weaknesses.

    The Texans will field a winning, competitive and poised team all season. This is a better team than you give credit. I’m always amazed that people cannot recognize the nature of a football team.

    I’ll not be surprised one bit if the Texans are involved in the NFL playoffs this year.