It’s an interconference clash on the gridiron in the battle of the Lone Star State in week 3 preseason action from the NFL. The Houston Texans make the trip on the road as they travel to face the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night. Houston earned a 30-23 home win over the Lions last Saturday night in week 2 to even their preseason mark. Dallas battled to pick up a 14-10 victory over the Rams in a game played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Saturday night. The teams have met five times in the regular season with Dallas owning a 3-2 edge: Houston earned a 19-16 home win in the last matchup on October 7, 2018.
Houston Texans Figuring Things Out Without Clowney
Houston bounced back from a two-point loss on the road in Green Bay to open the preseason as they dropped the Lions at home last week. The Texans moved the ball 75 yards in 11 plays on Deshaun Watson’s and the majority of the starters lone drive in the contest, capped by a four-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Houston was up 10-0 after the opening quarter only to see the Lions tie the game: Joe Webb III’s 31-yard scoring pass to Vyncint Smith with 40 seconds to play in the half gave them a 17-10 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. The Texans held a 410-388 edge in total yards, picked up 22 first downs to Detroit’s 18 and controlled the time of possession by a 34:54 to 25:06 margin. Both teams turned the ball over twice with Houston giving up a defensive score on a fumble return.
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Watson should get more run in this game as the team tunes up for the regular season: he’s five of seven for 61 yards and a score in the preseason. With AJ McCarron still injured, that has given Joe Webb III (39 of 65, 472 yards, two TD, three INT, 59 rushing yards) a chance to establish himself as the potential backup QB. With Lamar Miller and Duke Johnson Jr. not getting any action so far, Greg Howell (15 carries, 84 yards, TD) has led the team on the ground while Damarea Crockett (15 carries, 56 yards, TD) and Karan Higdon (15 carries, 50 yards) are trying to earn a spot on the depth chart. In the passing game, Steven Mitchell (six receptions, 55 yards) leads the team while tight end Jerell Adams (five grabs, 50 yards, TD) is right behind him. The Texans are evaluating talent at the receiver spots with Keke Coutee out with an injury: someone has to step up to potentially fill the slot receiver role alongside Hopkins and Will Fuller V in the three-wide set for the team. Ka’imi Fairbairn has hit five of six extra points and all five of his field goal tries with a long of 50 on the preseason. Houston is figuring things out defensively as former first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney has not reported to the team after he was given the franchise tag in the offseason. There are reports he could be traded but in the interim, Brennan Scarlett has been filling in for him.