Cowboys' preseason finally comes to end

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys finished the preseason with a distasteful 24-6 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday night and finally the long, boring preseason has come to an end.

Before moving forward, a quick review of what occurred at AT&T Stadium.

  • The Cowboys didn't play any of their projected starters; however, main backups Phillip Tanner, Kyle Orton, Cole Beasley, Kyle Wilber, Ernie Sims and Sean Lissemore participated in the game.

  • Backup quarterback Alex Tanney, fighting for a roster spot, was sacked seven times, including three times in the final two minutes of the game. The Cowboys' run defense was hammered for 190 yards, including runs of 41 and 29 yards.

  • There was a makeshift offensive line, beginning with right tackle Jermey Parnell, right guard Kevin Kowalski, center Phil Costa, left guard David Arkin and left tackle Darrion Weems. Toward the end of the game, Kowalski was at center and Demetress Bell was getting snaps at tackle.

  • Cornerback B.W. Webb allowed two scores, but almost picked off a pass, and the defense forced one turnover. Once again, the special teams struggled at times, with a delay-of-game penalty called when the punt team had just 10 men on the field; after the Cowboys recovered a muffed punt, it was negated by a holding call on Dante Rosario.

"We had several guys look good," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "They all sat on the bench for 60 minutes."

Coach Jason Garrett said there were some communication issues on defense leading to some bad plays, and admitted his group was outplayed overall.

"Obviously their group played better than our group," Garrett said. "You can talk a lot of different ways about that. I think in some ways it does reflect on the depth of the football team right now. But a quick turnaround, I think we'll probably see good things in the ballgame when we watch the tape. And there are obviously things we didn't really like, again, in all three phases of our team."