Dallas Cowboys vs Houston Texans : The all-Texan affair between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys is arguably the pick of the crop of Saturday’s preseason games.
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Both teams sit at 1-1 after making a steady start to preseason, with the Texans winning 30-23 at home against the Detroit Lions last Saturday, while the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 14-10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
There was positive news for both franchises, with their respective starting quarterbacks already looking sharp.
Deshaun Watson completed five of his seven passes for 60 yards, including a four-yard touchdown pass as the Texans defeated the Lions. His Cowboys’ counterpart, Dak Prescott, went five-for-five for 64 yards in Dallas’ win over the Rams.
While their quarterbacks shone, both teams looked impressive on the defensive side of the ball. Houston held the Lions to 1-11 on third down attempts, while the Cowboys have allowed just 27 points in the first two games combined and have shut out their opponents in four of the eight quarters of football they have played in preseason so far.
The Dallas Cowboys are back home, and they will finish out the preseason with two games at AT&T Stadium. Next up is the Houston Texans. It is the traditional “dress rehearsal” game, but that is becoming less true as many NFL teams are putting the health of their starters ahead of polishing things up as the regular season draws near. We don’t know how Jason Garrett plans to approach things yet. We may see a couple of series from the starters, at most, or they may go a bit deeper. (I, for one, hope they see almost no time on the field.) But there are still things to watch as the staff works toward choosing the 53-man roster.
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We have already seen Tony Pollard come off the field with the rest of the starters. He has been filling in for Ezekiel Elliott of course. Still, the way he is being protected is a strong indication of the anticipated role he has with the team even after the expected end of the Cabo adventure.
Any other player who is treated similarly can be assumed to have a safe place on the roster. On offense, both Tavon Austin and Alfred Morris saw very few snaps in the last preseason game. For Austin, that looks like an indication that he is pretty much locked into the fourth WR spot. Given his injury history, it only makes sense to limit his exposure.