Turnover soiled a solid defensive effort as the Dallas Cowboys fell to the Houston Texans 20-14 marking their third straight preseason loss. Here are the four biggest takeaways from tonight’s game.
Starters Turn In Uneven Showing
Every offensive starter except quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott played, yet early on you couldn’t tell. After quarterback Garrett Gilbert stumbled on the foot of guard Zach Martin, starting right tackle La’el Collins got beat allowing a strip-sack recovery by the Texans. On the ensuing drive, Houston’s Mark Ingram II ran it up the middle several times before punching it in the end zone. Dallas’s first team offense found paydirt as quarterback Cooper Rush connected with running back Tony Pollard for a 20-yard touchdown. The highlight for the defense came from rookie defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa who made a key fourth-down stop. A lot of work for both sides heading into the season.
The second-year quarterback dazzled with a couple of sidearm throws but was also frustrated with three costly interceptions, including a pick-six. While Gilbert didn’t have the best outing, finishing with just 30 yards, Rush great day tossing touchdowns and leading a 13-play, 85-yard drive. For DiNucci to make the roster for a second straight year, he will have to play better in the finale against Jacksonville.
Williams Shows Improvement
Guard Connor Williams more than held his tonight, putting his opponent on the ground several times. He then played about a quarter at center and showed improvement from last week, where he had two bad snaps. Continued growth from him is huge for a unit looking to put a rough season behind them.
Hooker Shows Promise
Aside from the continuation of the Rico Dowdle show and a nice grab by receiver Noah Brown, safety Malik Hooker had a solid day flying all over the field. The former first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts is looking for a fresh start in Dallas and is off to a good one. A couple more games like this, and he might find himself on the 53 man roster to open the season.