Texans get ready for guests from up north

They meet every year during the pre-season, but it doesn’t really count. But, when the Texans and Cowboys get together in the regular season, there’s a lot on the line, especially bragging rights in the Lone Star State.

So, after finally getting into the win column by beating the Colts in overtime last Sunday, the Houston Texans come home to face the Dallas Cowboys for a game that will be in primetime on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

The rivalry between the two cities has been going on seemingly forever, and the Texans actually beat the Cowboys in the franchise’s first ever game in 2002. But that Cowboys team was not a good team by any stretch, and Bill O’Brien says it’s a different story now.

“They’ve got a ton of talent. It’s going to be a very challenging game for us,” O’Brien said.

The Cowboys rely on running back Ezekiel Elliott, who totaled 240 yards in Dallas’ win last Sunday against Detroit. Elliott taking some of the pressure off of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who does not have the kind of receivers he has had in the past. But, Dak is a good friend of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who says for him, Prescott is the measuring stick.

“He’s a guy that I look at as I grow in this league,” Watson stated.

The comeback of J.J. Watt continues as well. Watt has rolled up five sacks in his last two games after breaking his leg last year. But he says he doesn’t feel like he is at his best just yet.

“That’s the exciting part of it for me. I still have a lot of room to improve. There is still so much to work on,” Watt explained.

Kickoff tonight is at 7:20.

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