The NFL preseason 2016 has offered plenty of action to tie fans over until the regular season starts, and tonight the Texans and Cowboys game should continue to deliver in the battle of Texas! The Houston Texans travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on September 1, to take on the Cowboys on their home turf; kickoff is at 8:00 p.m. EST. Football Locks provides the latest NFL lines for the Cowboys and Texans game, and currently the Texans are favored by -3.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 1, 2016
The Cowboys enter this game with an NFL preseason record of 1-2. During the NFL preseason Week 3, Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo suffered a fractured back and the injury-prone player has been sidelined for at least six to 10 weeks. Backup quarterback Dak Prescott has taken the reigns and many consider him to be the future of the franchise.
Before Romo’s injury, the Cowboys were contenders to win the NFC east this NFL season but now the jury is out as Prescott still has to prove himself. He gave a remarkable performance in Week 3 as he passed for one touchdown and connected 17 of his 23 passes; so far he has thrown seven touchdowns and 450 yards.
“The promise of his future has created a lot of energy. There’s no doubt. That’s reality. You can feel it and you can see it. We’ve got a lot of energy here and we can win with this. We’ve got a chance to develop that energy, that asset so to speak, with Dak, and have both, because Tony will be back.”
Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliot also had an impressive game last week as he had seven carries for 48 rushing yards. Elliot was the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick, number 4 overall in the NFL, and he is expected to make a huge impact this season. Most likely the majority of the Cowboys’ starters, including Prescott and Elliot, will not play in tonight’s game and Dallas will be taking this last NFL preseason match casually.
The Houston Texans are undefeated this NFL preseason with a record of 3-0. Last week, the Texans had a most impressive victory over the Arizona Cardinals beating them by 10 points with the final score of 34-24. The Texans are hoping to carry the momentum from their preseason into the regular NFL season, and their preseason schedule climaxes tonight when they take on the Cowboys.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 1, 2016
Texans’ quarterback Brock Osweiler looked exceptional against the Cardinals last week. The former backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos passed for 146 yards, including one touchdown, and connected 11 out of 13 passes. What makes his performance even more impressive is that the Arizona Cardinals have a deep defense and the Texans were able to penetrate it.
To say that the Texans’ defense has been inspiring the last couple of NFL seasons would be an understatement. Led by the two-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans’ defense is one of the best in the NFL. Last season Texans held opponents to an average of just under 20 points per game, and this NFL preseason they have held opponents to a total of 46 points through all three games.
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With Tony Romo out, it is likely that Dak Prescott will see very little, if any, time in this last NFL preseason game. The Houston Texans have the momentum this NFL preseason on both the offensive and the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys will be playing with much-needed caution in this match, and the Texans should easily roll through them by well over their favored three points to win the battle of Texas. NFL Texas fans can catch the Cowboys versus the Texans on ABC 13 (away) and CBS 11 (home).
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