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.