Week 3 of the National Football League preseason reaches a crescendo Sunday when the Super Bowl hopeful Arizona Cardinals travel east to Houston, Texas, to face the Texans, who look to better their dismal showing in the playoffs last season when they were ousted in the Wild Card round by the Kansas City Chiefs without putting a single point on the board.
The Texans have placed the responsibility for leading them deeper to the postseason, and deeper into the playoffs, in the hands of 25-year-old, fifth-year quarterback Brock Osweiler, who signed a four-year, $72 million contract with Houston in the offseason — despite never opening an NFL season as a starting quarterback.
“Our chemistry is growing.”
Brock Osweiler and the #Texans WRs are finding a rhythm.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 24, 2016
But Osweiler, who spent his first four seasons as a backup to newly retired future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning with the Denver Broncos, started seven games for Denver last season as Manning sat on the sidelines with an injury. He was on the winning end of five of those starts, helping the Broncos to a 12-4 record and an AFC West championship before giving way to Manning, who took the team to a Super Bowl title as the final act of a legendary NFL career.
On the other side of the ball, Arizona may give more snaps to veteran signal caller Carson Palmer, but the team that finished with a franchise record 13-3 regular season and advanced to the NFC title game before getting crushed 49-15 by the Super Bowl bound Carolina Panthers, has little interest in the preseason.
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To find out how to watch a live stream of the Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans Week 3 NFL preseason matchup, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Central Daylight Time — 4 p.m. Eastern and 1 p.m. Pacific — at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, August 28.
Slow exhibition start doesn’t matter to group with big regular season goals.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 28, 2016
The Cardinals have struggled in the preseason, with two losses in two games by a combined 50-13 score to the lightly regarded Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers. But the Cardinals themselves say they have no interest in their preseason results and are only looking ahead to another regular season shot at the Super Bowl.
“The preseason is drudgery,” said Arizona future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. “You’ve got to go out there and play but it doesn’t mean anything.”
Veteran quarterback Carson Palmer also said that the preseason results are no indicator of what the team can and will do once the games count in the standings.
“We’ve had 15 reps in the preseason games,” Palmer said. “I’ve had thousands of reps thus far in training camp. We’ve had tens of thousands of reps together as a unit. That’s where you get your confidence and you see what you’re made of, by looking at so many reps that we’ve put together as a group. Not three series as an offense in a preseason game.”
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Watch the Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans NFL preseason Week 3 game stream live online from NRG Stadium in Houston by clicking on this link, or by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers. NFL games on Fox Sports Go are not available to watch on smartphones due to contractual agreements. However, Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV and Roku set-top devices, allowing fans to watch the Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans game stream live online on their TV sets.
As with all NFL preseason games, the Cardinals-Texans game will be available to stream live online via NFL Game Pass, which charges a $99.99 fee for the entire season, and includes live streaming of all preseason games — but also comes with a seven-day free trial, meaning that fans can watch the Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans live stream preseason game for free with the offer at this link. Finally, in select markets, the Sling TV internet TV streaming service carries the Fox Network, which will broadcast the Cardinals vs. Texans game. Click here for a seven-day free trial of Sling, allowing fans to watch the Arizona vs. Houston preseason NFL game stream live at no charge.
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