Winners and Losers

An in-depth look at the winners and losers from Saturday night's game against the Texans.

S Roy Williams - The two-time Pro Bowler recorded five tackles on the night and was instrumental in Dat Nguyen's interception when he seemingly forced a fumble from tight end Matt Murphy. The play was eventually ruled an interception as Nguyen scooped up the ball after Williams' hit. "A turnover is a turnover, anything to help our team. It doesn't matter," Williams said afterwards.

WR Patrick Crayton - All this former seventh round draft pick does is make plays. His consistency continues to be better than any receiver on the team, and Saturday night only strengthened his case as the Cowboys' No. 3 wide out. Crayton caught three passes for 63 yards while clearly demonstrating the ability to make the big play when give the opportunity.

RB Tyson Thompson - The former Irving High star continues to sizzle with the ball in his hands this preseason. On one run late in the fourth quarter, Thompson bounced off a potential tackler at the line of scrimmage, cut to the outside, and rumbled more than 20 yards deep into Texans territory. He finished the evening leading the team in rushing for the second time in three games with 13 attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown.

QB Tony Romo - The dropped snap on a field goal was inexcusable, but his ability to move his team down the field may keep the Cowboys from signing another veteran quarterback before the start of the regular season. Romo completed 5-of-8 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. "I think he's doing all right. I do," said Parcells.

P Mat McBriar - It's not often a punter is referred to as a weapon, but if McBriar can continue at his current pace, he just might win a couple of games for the Cowboys this year. Against Houston, McBriar punted seven times for a 49.9 yard/average.

Special Teams - Tony Romo dropped a snap on a field goal attempt, Jose Cortez missed a 31-yard field goal, and the kick-off team gave up a 102-yard return for a touchdown to former Cowboys wide receiver Reggie Swinton. Bill Parcells wasn't happy, and rightfully so. Simply put, this team can't make these kinds of mistakes in the regular season and expect to win. "I would really rate it superb," Parcells sarcastically said of his special teams Saturday. "We really didn't have a good group out there (on the kick-off team)."

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