Cowboys Fall to Houston

The Cowboys lost to the Houston Texans, 18-0 in the preseason opener for both teams Saturday evening at Reliant Stadium.

Led by quarterback David Carr, the Houston Texans scored early and never looked back Saturday night. Carr completed 7-of-8 passes for 89 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown to Jabar Gaffney to help lift the Texans past the Cowboys in the preseason opener for both clubs.

It marked the second consecutive year that the Cowboys opened the preseason with a shut out loss.

Cowboys starting quarterback Vinny Testaverde, completed just 4 of 7 passes for just 34 yards and fumbled once at the his own 17-yard line, leading to a Houston field goal.

Other new additions also failed to produce quality numbers.

Veteran RB Eddie George, acquired just days before the start of training camp, rushed five times for 12 yards, and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson caught just one pass for 13 yards.

Drew Henson showed some flashes of his potential, completing 8-of-11 passes for 94 yards, but he also threw an interception.
"The whole team, we didn't do a good job," head coach Bill Parcells said.

"Give the Texans credit. They looked like a good team. We looked like we were practicing, instead of playing. I am not sounding an alarm here, but we really couldn't have beaten anyone tonight."

There were several bright spots Saturday evening in Reliant Stadium.

Rookie RB Julius Jones entered the game in the third quarter and promptly ripped off an 11-yard run. He finished the evening with 7 carries for 58 yards.

"I thought Jones ran OK," said Parcells. "He looked pretty elusive."

Back up QB Drew Henson also showed some flashes of his potential, completing 8-of-11 passes for 94 yards. Henson also threw an interception.

Overall, it was a mistake filled game from start to finish for the Cowboys. As a team, the Dallas committed 10 penalties for 98 yards. There was three interceptions thrown, a fumble lost, and a safety given up.

Third team quarterback Tony Romo added to the misery, completing just 3-of-11 passes for 37 yards to go along with two of the three Cowboys' interceptions.

"We were careless with the ball in the red zone," said Parcells. "A sense of alarm went off in me in that I think I have to spend more time on the guys that are going to play."

I don't think we want to overreact," added Vinny Testaverde afterwards. "But this should be a wakeup call."

The Texans have now won two of their three games against the Cowboys, including a 19-10 victory in the 2002 season opener. The Cowboys' only victory over Houston was a 34-6 win during the 2003 preseason.

The Cowboys will now return to training camp in Oxnard, California before battling the Oakland Raiders next Saturday night in Oakland. Kickoff is set for 8PM central time.

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