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August 28, 2010


The Houston Texans will take the Reliant Stadium field for the first time in the 2010 preseason on Saturday night, when they welcome the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys to town for what should effectively be a Week 1 dress rehearsal.

Fresh off their first winning season in franchise history, the Texans have thus far endured preseason losses to the Cardinals (19-16) and Saints (38-20), and will hope that a little home cookin’ can help the team be a bit more consistent.

One Texan who hasn’t had trouble with consistency is quarterback Matt Schaub, who boasts a 138.3 passer rating that is among the best in the NFL this preseason. Schaub has connected on 13-of-16 passes for 195 yards in the two contests, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to wideout Andre Johnson against the Saints.

Schaub, Johnson, and the Houston first-string should play most if not all of the first half on Saturday, in keeping with third game of preseason tradition.

Also worth watching for Texans fans will be the ongoing battle between kickers Neil Rackers (2-2 FG) and Kris Brown (3-3 FG), both of whom have been perfect in the preseason to date.

Among the injured Texans heading into the Dallas game are tight end Owen Daniels (knee) and rookie return man Trindon Holliday (thumb).

The Cowboys, meanwhile, will be trying to bounce back from an uneven 16-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers last week. Quarterback Tony Romo was just 4-of-11 passing for 30 yards with an interception in the defeat, though he did throw a nine-yard touchdown pass to wideout Miles Austin in the second quarter.

Romo is still without rookie wideout Dez Bryant (ankle) and offensive linemen Marc Colombo (knee) and Kyle Kosier (knee), none of whom are expected to play on Saturday night.

Linebacker Keith Brooking (shoulder) and safety Gerald Sensabaugh (shoulder) are unlikely to be available for the Dallas defense.

The Cowboys lead the all-time preseason series with the Texans, 3-2, breaking a deadlock in the series with a 23-22 home win in the last such matchup, prior to the 2008 season.

The teams will also meet in meaningful play in Week 3 of the 2010 regular season, when the Cowboys again visit Reliant Stadium.

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