Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) during the AFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Texans 41-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Preseason Honor. Texans roll into Dallas

Greetings Fellow Texans Fans!

This preseason will have plenty to watch for with rookies trying to show they are deserving to be there, old hands showing their worth and the fringe players fighting for their football lives. Those stories will be entertaining to watch as they unfold, however here in the Lone Star State, there is a little matter of State pride as the Texans will bump heads with the Cowboys to kick off this preseason.

One glorious night in 2002, the Texans served the Cowboys up a bitter defeat in the franchises opening game joining only the ’61 Vikings as expansion teams that started 1-0. Over the years the teams have met yet no game was quite as emotional as that win. The game did set the tone and across the state Texans will be watching to see which team walks away victorious, preseason meaningless or no.

Houston will have the most to prove as they are clearly the superior team going into the 2013 season. Coming off back to back playoff appearances and AFC South Titles Houston has stocked up for another run not just at the playoffs, but to the Big Show. Dallas on the other hand is hoping to field a team good enough to eek into a wild card berth.

Tony Romo might have cashed in with big bucks from Mr. Jones, but the Cowboys did little in the draft aside from getting fleeced in return for a center.  

Given the wealth of talent that Rick Smith has amassed over the previous drafts one has to wonder if Jerry Jones doesn’t look towards Houston and wonder how to lure Smith up to Jerry World. Here’s hoping he never succeeds.

Players to watch:

DeAndre Hopkins and Matt Schaub. During the first quarter watch for any signs of chemistry between them.

Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus. With the loss of Connor Barwin, can these two provide enough pressure to free JJ Watt into one on one contests. Or better yet get in on the sacks themselves.

Brian Cushing and Jonathon Joseph. Surgically repaired bodies, personally disappointing seasons in 2012, watch for these two to make an early statement.

After the first string players kick back to enjoy the rest of the game and admire the second largest scoreboard in the NFL, the rest of the team will will rotate in. Pay particular attention to the time and play of special team stud Bryan Brahman. With moves to the linebacker core, is this his year to break out and get some starting time on defense? He’s a fan favorite who gets people fired up with every play he makes.

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  • SoTxJoe

    The “rivalry” as you call it appears to be one-sided. The Cowboys have actually won something and, despite the current dry spell, are still pretty well known around the world. The Texans are a bunch of unknowns except for Watt, Andre, and Arian. The team certainly reflects the personality of its head coach; you know, the guy at the party that no one knows is there. Dull, boring, mediocre.

    • google

      There are way more known well then that. EX. Schaub, Cushing, D. Brown, Joseph, etc.

      • SoTxJoe

        show photographs of Schaub, Brown, and Joseph, in or out of uniform, to NFL fans outside of Texas and i bet less than half of them could identify the players.

        • Jimmy Crume

          These remarks are very one sided, but all of Dallas’s problems lay in the hands of Romo and coach Garrett. If you really get down to statistics, you would know that the last superbowl won by the cowboys was when Jerry Jones was the GM. If Jerry would leave the game to the coaches,(which aren’t very good anyway) they could put the key players where they’re needed. One fact is true, however and that is if the Boys from Dallas played Houston in a regular season game, I think Jerry would bench his starters in fear of losing them for the season. playoffs and divisional titles don’t matter if you can’t try on the ring. With that being said as the Texans get stronger the Cowboys get weaker. Which neither team tried a ring on since before the 2002 season. WATCH THE QUIET ONES MY FRIEND THEY WILL GET YA! It’s good the football world don’t know them being publicity doesn’t get you a ring either. But the football world knows that Tony Romo will CHOKE!!!!!!!!!! And to me that’s worse brother. But good luck to the cowboys and their upcoming season. I see a dramatic change come next year. Coach and QB wise. Let’s see who has a better record this season. TEXANS SUPERBOWL IN NY. BULLS ON PARADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Marilyn Nelson

            GO TEXANS!!!

        • Marilyn Nelson

          The only cowgirl I would know out of uniform is Tony Homo

        • Phi Nguyen

          And where are your photos of the current Cowdorks?

    • Marilyn Nelson

      The Dallas Cowgirls is a HAS BEEN Team, and has been for a while.

    • Phi Nguyen

      What an idiot. Stop living in the past. Even there are more known Texans than Cowdorks this present time, that are active. SoTxJoe is an idiot too.

  • mrvicchio

    From 2002 to 2012 the Cowboys have 1 playoff win and 2 divisional titles.

  • google

    Matt Schaub will lead the Texans to a Title this year.

    • SoTxJoe

      And that title is “How To Depend On Defensive Superstars To Carry Your Sorry-A** Quarterback To Slightly Better Than Mediocre”. Written by Will Matt Wynne, illustrated by Betty Doant.

      • Guest

        16 years, one playoff victory.

      • Phi Nguyen

        Your quarterbacks sucks. At least we have people who are talented