Some bullet-point thoughts on the Texans’ 23-7 preseason win over Dallas on Saturday night.
The offense had a lot of good rhythm. Matt Schaub was in control, making a beautiful play with Jacoby Jones on the game’s first touchdown. Arian Foster provided just the sort of run threat this team needs to be more balanced on offense. Foster showed he can be physical, elusive, score and catch.
Andre Johnson was very effective, particularly when he carried Terence Newman for several yards. The best Newman could do was get a handful of jersey. Jones also had a nice night, providing some hope he might be able to build on what he did last season.
Antonio Smith was disruptive to the Cowboys on a handful of early plays, making noise in the backfield. Amobi Okoye had an early sack and then delivered a shot to Tony Romo in the third quarter. Plays from linemen other than Mario Williams are a very good thing.
Glover Quin had a sack when Williams moved Romo towards him and made a nice hit early in run defense. Always nice to see a guy counted on first and foremost for coverage to be able to make other kinds of plays.
Chris Myers’ holding penalty against Junior Siavii erased a touchdown run by Foster and the Texans wound up settling for a field goal in the second quarter.
Houston allowed a 4-yard gain to fullback Chris Gronkowski on a fourth-and-1, then got assessed a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty against linebacker Zac Diles. Quin completely misread the handoff to the upback and got beat on the play. Quin drew a holding penalty on the same drive, but the Texans recovered when Dallas fumbled away the possession.
Since these teams play in the regular season, why not transfer the “Governor’s Cup” to the meaningful game?