Preview: Cowboys vs Texans
With Cowboys Stadium set to host the Super Bowl at season’s end, many felt there was a good chance the home team and defending NFC East champions would be on the sidelines for that game.
The way the first two weeks of the campaign have gone, the other team from Texas has a better shot of being there.
While the Dallas Cowboys are hoping to avoid losing their first three games of the year for the first time since 2001, the Houston Texans will be trying to start a season 3-0 for the first time in franchise history this Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ quest to become the first team to ever play in a Super Bowl on its home turf hasn’t gotten off to a great start, with Dallas starting the season with a pair of one-score defeats. After an ugly-looking 13-7 setback in Washington to begin the season, the Cowboys were outgunned by the Chicago Bears in their home opener this past weekend, falling 27-20.
It doesn’t look like the Cowboys have fixed their issues in the kicking game from a season ago, as David Buehler is just 2-for-4 on his attempts. Both misses have come on kicks that would have tied the game, including a missed 44-yard try midway through the fourth quarter of this past weekend’s loss.
“[Chicago] made the plays and we didn’t,” said Dallas head coach Wade Phillips. “We had some opportunities, but we didn’t make plays. The missed field goal [really hurt us]. I thought we had a letdown. We went out on the field after the missed field goal with our heads down.”
The Cowboys fell despite 374 passing yards and a touchdown throw by quarterback Tony Romo, while wideout Miles Austin hauled in 10 catches for 142 yards. The duo still could not prevent Dallas from starting 0-2 for the first time since opening 2001 with four straight losses.
Dallas was without a pair of Pro Bowl players by game’s end in tight end Jason Witten (concussion) and Mike Jenkins (bruised knee). However, both players are expected to play in this contest.
Even with Dallas on the ropes and Houston set to enjoy home-field advantage, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak isn’t taking the Cowboys lightly. Get more Dallas Cowboys news on 1053thefan.com