DALLAS COWBOYS (2-2)
vs. HOUSTON TEXANS (2-1)
THURSDAY, AT&T STADIUM, 7 p.m. (CDT)
Preseason Series Record: Series tied 3-3
Last Preseason Meeting: at Houston 23, Dallas 7, Aug. 28, 2010
Regular Season Series Record: Dallas leads series 2-1
Last Regular Season Meeting: Dallas 27, at Houston 13, Sept. 26, 2010
Cowboys & Texans
The Cowboys and Texans have squared off three times during the regular season and have faced each other six times during preseason action.
Preseason Series: The Cowboys and Texans have faced each other six times in preseason action, with the series tied with three wins apiece. This marks the fourth time in the preseason series history that the Cowboys have faced the Texans at home and the first time at AT&T Stadium.
Regular Season Series Notables:
• Amongst all NFL opponents, Dallas has faced Houston (three times) the fewest times amongst its foes.
• The Cowboys have won the last two matchups against the Texans, including a 27-13 victory in Houston in the most recent contest (Sept. 26, 2010).
Playing the entire first half, Tony Romo completed 13-of-18 passes for 137 yards with two touchdowns. Kyle Orton entered the game in the third quarter and completed all four of his passes for 44 yards with one touchdown while seeing action for one series. Alex Tanney then took over for the rest of the game, finishing with 44 yards on three-of-six passes and led the team to a field goal late in the fourth quarter. Nick Stephens (coach’s decision) did not play.
DeMarco Murray got the start and ran for 51 yards on 12 carries while also catching two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown while playing the entire first half and into the third quarter. Phillip Tanner also saw snaps with the first team in the first half, finishing with 39 yards on 14 carries and one reception for six yards. Joseph Randle played in the third and fourth quarters, gaining a game-high 66 yards on 16 rushes.
The starting wide receivers played the entire first half, with Dez Bryant posting a game-high six receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown and Miles Austin logging four receptions for a game-best 59 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Harris caught two passes for 26 yards while Terrance Williams (11 yards) and Benford (nine yards) each had one reception.
Jason Witten started and recorded his first catch of the preseason for 11 yards. James Hanna also started as the second tight end but did not make a catch. Smith (27 yards) and Dante Rosario (eight) yards each logged one reception.
The starting unit of LT Tyron Smith, LG Mackenzy Bernadeau, C Travis Frederick, RG Doug Free and RT Jeremy Parnell paved the way for the first-team offense to score two passing touchdowns in the first half. Midway through the third quarter, the second team of LT Darrion Weems, LG David Arkin, C Phil Costa, RG Kevin Kowalski and RT Edawn Coughman took over.
The starting linebacker trio of SLB Justin Durant (one tackle), MLB Sean Lee (four tackles and a tackle for loss) and WLB Bruce Carter (four tackles) played the entire first half. Following the starters, DeVonte Holloman posted four stops, a sack and a quarterback hurry, Cameron Lawrence made three tackles and
a quarterback hurry and Caleb McSurdy added a tackle.
DeMarcus Ware and George Selvie (one tackle) were the starters at defensive end, while Jason Hatcher
(two tackles) and Hayden (two tackles and a tackle for loss) were the starting defensive tackles. After the starters, Landon Cohen (two tackles and a quarterback hurry), Ben Bass (one tackle and a quarterback hurry), Fletcher (one tackle) and Kyle Wilber (a quarterback hurry) contributed on the defensive line.
The starters at cornerback were LCB Brandon Carr (one tackle, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery) and RCB Orlando Scandrick (one tackle). Behind the starters, Xavier Brewer (one tackle, one interception and a pass breakup) and B.W. Webb (one interception and a pass breakup) each made defensive contributions to the secondary.
At safety, FS Barry Church (three tackles and a forced fumble) and SS Will Allen (one tackle and a pass breakup) were the starters. Behind them with stats were Micah Pellerin (two tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery), Jeff Heath (two tackles and a forced fumble) and J.J. Wilcox (one tackle and a pass breakup).