Dallas Cowboys will meet Houston Texans in Week 2 of the 2021 preseason on Saturday evening. It will be the third preseason game for the Cowboys, and they are still searching for the first victory. Pittsburgh Steelers were better in the Hall of Fame game, while the Cardinals beat them in Week 1. The Texans were confident against the Packers in a 26-7 victory, and they will look forward to keeping up where they left off.
The hosts had injury problems last season, which affected their record. They failed to reach the playoffs, winning only six times in the campaign. The Texans also head to the new season after a poor 2020campaign, where they had a 4-12 record. Five defeats in a row saw them remaining 3rd in the AFC South. However, they enjoy a solid preseason start and want to put another good display.
Dallas Cowboys – Is it the time for improvement?
After two preseason defeats, the Cowboys will search for something different in this matchup. They didn’t stand a chance against the Steelers in a 16-3 loss, while we saw a slight improvement against the Cardinals. However, that wasn’t enough for a win either, as they went to losing by three points. Cooper Rush led the Cowboys with 89 passing yards after seven completed passes out of 13. Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert combined for one touchdown and 126 passing yards that night. Reggie Davis and Cedrick Wilson combined for 72 receiving yards, while JaQuan Hardy had 32 rushing yards on eight carries.
Regarding the Cowboys’ defense, Jabril Cox stood out against the Cardinals with eight tackles. Besides him, Steven Parker had one pass deflection, and Dorance Armstrong booked two sacks. The Cowboys didn’t look too bad defensively, and their inconsistent offense cost them those two defeats. The major setback for the Cowboys is Dak Prescott’s injury, but things should look way better for them when he returns in the regular season.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Ezekiel Elliott, Cedrick Wilson, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Blake Jarwin, Nick Ralston, Ty Nsekhe, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Isaac Alarcon, Terence Steele
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Tarell Basham, Osa Odighizuwa, Carlos Watkins, Dorance Armstrong, Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Donovan Wilson, Damontae Kazee, Anthony Brown
Quarter Back: Garrett Gilbert
Kicker: Hunter Niswander
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Houston Texans – Can they keep up the pace?
The Texans looked pretty dominant in their first preseason game, as they celebrated a comfortable 26-7 win over Green By Packers. They allowed just 242 total yards in that match while producing 319 yards in total. Davis Milss’ 112 passing yards on 11-22 and one interception led the Texans, while Jeff Driskel and Tyrod Taylor went for combined 42 passing yards. Nico Collins and Chris Conley combined for 75 receiving yards, while Scottie Phillips produced one TD and 66 rushing yards on 13 carries. At the same time, Darius Jackson had one TD in five carries for 37 yards, while Buddy Howell had eight carries and a total of 38 yards.
The Texans’ defense worked well against the Packers, and hardy Nickerson led Houston with four tackles. Tremon Smith booked one interception, and Jonathan Greenard had one sack. The Texans looked very good in both ways in the preseason Week 1. Perhaps, they showed the most in the first week, and they want to keep it the same way despite many speculations around the franchise.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Phillip Lindsay, Brandin Cooks, Chris Conley, Keke Coutee, Jordan Akins, Paul Quessenberry, Charlie Heck, Max Scharping, Justin Britt, Justin McCray, Tytus Howard
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Whitney Mercilus, Maliek Collins, Brandon Dunn, Jordan Jenkins, Zach Cunningham, Christian Kirksey, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Desmond King II, Eric Murray, Justin Reid, Terrance Mitchell
Quarter Back: Tyrod Taylor
Kicker: Ka’imi Fairbairn
Expert Pick #1 – Cowboys to Win ML @-200
After struggling in the first two preseason games, I think it’s time for Dallas to put a much better performance. We should see some regular-season starters getting more playing time, which can drive the match in the Cowboys’ favor. For the major pick, I would go with the Cowboys to win ML.
Expert Pick #2 – Cowboys -4 @-110
The Cowboys should look much better offensively in this clash, while I don’t see Texans repeating the Week 1 performance. Most bookies set the line at -4 for the Cowboys, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat it this time. So, I’ll take Dallas -4 as the first alternative pick.
Expert Pick #3 – Cowboys to Win by 7-12 margin @+340
If you want to boost your odds, I prepared another alternative pick. The Cowboys were decent defensively in the past two games, and their offense might finally show a better face here. They should hold the Texans at the low number of points, and I think Dallas might beat their rivals by a 7 to 12 margin. I’ll make it my third bet.