NFL Nation: 2010 Week 3 Cowboys-Texans RR

Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 27, Texans 13

September, 26, 2010
9/26/10
4:29
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HOUSTON -- Quick observations on the Cowboys’ 27-13 victory over the Texans at Reliant Stadium.

What it means: The Cowboys saved their season with a 27-13 win in Houston. With a bye coming, Dallas now has a chance to build on the momentum of this game and feel good about itself heading into a home game against Tennessee in Week 5. More importantly, the win gave some needed confidence to kicker David Buehler, who made a 49-yarder at the end of the first half to push his team ahead 10-3. Dallas also established the running game, something it hadn’t done the first two weeks of the season. The Cowboys rushed 27 times for 101 yards on the day.

Tomorrow's talker: The Cowboys are back ... we think. Instead of a close game, where many could have questioned just how good they really are, the Cowboys beat up the Texans. Wade Phillips had a great defensive game plan, being selective with his blitzes and making sure the secondary kept Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones in front of them. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett finally figured out how to run the ball and challenge defenses with deep passes.

Injury of note: Houston's Johnson was hampered by a right ankle injury the entire game, especially after Orlando Scandrick brought him down in the first half. Kyle Kosier left with 11:41 left in the fourth quarter with a right leg injury.

Heroes: Roy Williams had his second 100-yard game with the Cowboys. He finished with five catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. It’s also the 15th 100-yard receiving game of his career. Keith Brooking is one of the heart-and-soul leaders of not only the defense but this team. He came on an inside blitz and smashed Houston quarterback Matt Schaub on a third-and-goal from the 3-yard line to force a Texans field goal in the fourth quarter.

What's next: Rest. Kosier gets another week to recover from his leg injury.

Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 27, Texans 13

September, 26, 2010
9/26/10
4:11
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HOUSTON -- Quick observations on the Texans’ 27-13 loss to the Cowboys at Reliant Stadium.

What it Means: The 2-1 Texans came back to the pack in the AFC South with an inconsistent effort against Dallas. The red zone rushing issues that were an offseason focus resurfaced. There is no way this offense should go 58:45 minutes without a touchdown. If the Texans got big heads over the nice 2-0 start, they’ve come back to Earth now.

What I didn’t like: Replacement left tackle Rashad Butler did OK in his first game subbing for the suspended Duane Brown. Matt Schaub held the ball too long on three of four sacks, waiting for things to develop. He has to have a better clock in his head and has to decide nothing good is going to happen after a certain point.

What I didn't like, Part II: Semi-predictable play-calling near the goal line. I don’t think anything the Texans ran near the goal line surprised the Cowboys, except maybe a pass to Owen Daniels that got a pass interference against Keith Brooking. But Eric Winston offset that with a holding violation. Two TDs there instead of two field goals might have made for a different game.

Injury of note: Andre Johnson left the game briefly with a right ankle issue and was re-taped by trainers. He had an MRI on the same ankle last week after the game in Washington. Tough as he is, can this linger and slow him?

What’s next: The Texans head to Oakland for a matchup with the Raiders.

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