Game Preview: Dallas at Houston

Cowboys (2-0) vs. Texans (1-1) Saturday, August 25, 7:00 PM CT, CBS 11
 
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The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans will bang helmets Saturday night when the two teams meet at Reliant Stadium. The Cowboys are coming off of an impressive 31-20 victory over the Broncos while the Texans used the 3rd quarter to fly by the Cardinals 33-20.

This game may not be as big since it is just pre-season, but don’t let that fool you. There are so many things that make this game big.
 
This will mark the return of Wade Phillips since he served as an assistant from 1976-80 under his legendary father, Bum Phillips. This is also an in-state rivalry, which means both teams want to win no matter what.
 
"It’s a big deal for us as far as a preseason game, and being the third one, you want to do well out there," Phillips said. "I think there’ll be a big crowd, I think they’ll be into it, and that will help their team some as far as motivation in the game and those kinds of things, and I want to see how my team reacts with that.
 
"It’ll be a good experience for this team to see where they are."
 
Finally, the Cowboys and Texans will be competing for th Governor’s Cup, awarded to the winner of every game, pre-season or regular season. The Texans won the first meeting 19-10, while the Cowboys won the match-up last year with a strong 34-6 victory. The Governor’s Cup was also awarded back when Houston was still called the Oilers until they moved to Tennessee in 1997. The Cowboys won the series 5-3.
 
Tony Romo, who already looks to be in mid-season form, will try to turn in his 3rd straight solid performance. He has completed 21 of 29 passes for 219 yards and an INT through his 1st two pre-season games. Look for most of the starters to play into the 3rd quarter on Saturday.
 
"There’s still a evaluation here and especially the guys that they call ‘on the bubble’," Phillips said. "We need to see guys playing special teams because that’s a real important part of making the team. I’d like to see some of these guys get some playing time. We won’t get as much this game with those guys I don’t think, but maybe the last game some of the guys.
"We want to see if they can really play in the NFL and we’re going to give them a little more time."
 
Greg Ellis (foot), Terence Newman (heel), and Terry Glenn (knee) are out and are expected to be out until the regular season begins. Greg Ellis’s injury will probably linger into the regular season though, but hopefully will be worth the wait.