Houston Texans: studs and duds from Preseason Week 3 loss vs. Cowboys
The Houston Texans didn’t fare so well in Week 3 of the NFL preseason against the Dallas Cowboys.
On Saturday night very little went right for the Houston Texans, and they didn’t look like a team that one year earlier won 11 games and were the AFC South champions. Just a couple weeks before the start of the 2019 NFL season the starting lineup of the Texans took a huge hit on offense with running back Lamar Miller tearing his ACL, ending his season before it even began.
Even with the loss of Miller on the second play of the game, the Texans played poorly throughout the Week 3 preseason contest, no matter which level of the depth chart was in the game. There were punts that were blocked, footballs being held for far too long, and the offensive line play wasn’t up to the standards it needs to be this close to the start of the regular season.
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Maybe it was the fact Miller was injured so early, or the fact the starters didn’t play much, as teams don’t keep their starters in the third preseason game as long as they used to. Either way, the quality of play just wasn’t what it needed to be in all facets of the game for the Texans, and the Cowboys took full advantage of it by defeating them, 34-0.
The Texans were the only team this weekend to be held scoreless in the preseason. In the shutout loss, the Texans were just the second team this preseason to be held scoreless in a game, as the first team was the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 of the preseason by the Baltimore Ravens.
Granted it is only the preseason, and the Texans haven’t had their offense on the field in full strength. Now with the injury to Miller, and the unknown of the Keke Coutee injury from earlier this preseason there is still much to iron out for this franchise.
Until then, there was some good and some bad for the Texans on Saturday night, and next are the “studs and duds” from the 34-point loss to their in-state rival.