Texans vs. Cowboys: Houston fans excited, Dallas fans relieved after preseason finale

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The next time we see the Texans or Cowboys will be on primetime television in the regular season.

The Houston Texans buried the Dallas Cowboys in their final preseason game, cruising to a 24-3 win on Thursday night.

The Texans dominated the game in all facets. The Cowboys were without most of their top playmakers, but the Texans still have to be happy with finishing the preseason on a high note. DeVier Posey was one of the stars of the game for the Texans, flashing the potential he showed before his injury last season.

Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog, SB Nation's Texans blog, was certainly happy with the result.

Now that is how you play a complete football game. Offense, defense, and Shane Lechler were all on point in the Texans 24-3 drubbing of their in-state rivals this afternoon as Houston's second, third, and fourth stringers flexed the collective muscle of Houston's deep reserves. There is no doubt that Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Sean Lee, and Demarcus Ware would have made the game much closer had the ones been on the field, but a blowout win is a blowout win. I will take what I can get.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys were on the opposite end of the spectrum. They were far from panicked about the loss, but glad to put their five-game preseason behind them. Dallas avoided any serious injuries to its key backup players, and that only can be seen as a victory, despite the lopsided final result.

KD Drummond of Blogging the Boys, SB Nation's Cowboys blog, was happy to see the preseason go.

The most important theme of the day is that Dallas' key backups escaped the game without serious injury. There was a scare when rookie S JJ Wilcox had to be helped off the field. After stretching on the sideline though, he returned to the field one play later. Go ask the Giants and key RB Andre Brown about the importance of escaping the preseason finale healthy.

The next time we see both of these teams will be in primetime. The Cowboys open up the regular season at home against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, while the Texans take on the San Diego Chargers on the road on Monday Night Football.

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