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HOU 19, DAL 16: Cowboys Lose Tough Defensive Battle in Overtime

It was as even a battle as you could ask for between the and . They traded big plays, turnovers, and scores all the way up until Houston finally clinched it with an overtime field goal for the 19-16 win.

The loss drops Dallas to 2-3 this season. They have now lost all three of their road games so far in 2018.

This one barely qualified as a road game, too. The crowd was full of Cowboys spirit, but they went home disappointed despite a very entertaining and hard-fought game.

Texans WR owned the field tonight, putting up 151 yards on nine catches. Several grabs came in the face of strong coverage from , who had been one of the league's best cornerbacks coming into the game.

Dallas did not capitalize on last week's offensive emergence against Detroit. Instead, they were back to anemia with throwing just 208 yards and one touchdown. got held to 54 yards on 20 carries, one of the worst days of his career.

Still, the Cowboys' kept them in the game. Big redzone stops, with several plays right on the goal line, kept Houston's score low enough that Dallas' could keep pace. and both had double-digit tackles and Smith had the only sack on all night.

Great game to watch, but a tough one given the loss. Things won't get any easier next week, though, with the Jaguars defense coming to Dallas.

Other Notes

  • 's conservatism will be heavily questioned after this one. At 4th-and-1 from the Houston 42, he elected to punt on the Cowboys' OT possession. Dallas' run game had been stuffed on several short-yardage plays, so his concern was understandable. But the punt gave Houston the ball and the ability to win the game with a field goal.
  • Despite the offensive woes, it was a sold night for the Cowboys tight ends. took a screen pass 43 yards and had two other catches, finishing with three for 55 yards. got his first NFL catch with a 32-yard reception off a Prescott scramble. had a nice catch and run in overtime.
  • made three more field goals from 48, 43, and 27 yards. It gives him 11-straight makes this season and 91.6% accuracy.
  • got the first interception of the year for the Cowboys, grabbing an errant throw from Watson under pressure. The turnover prevented Houston from a potential game-ending score in regulation and forced overtime.
  • Allan Hurns only had one catch for three yards, but it was in the endzone. It was the veteran's first touchdown as a Cowboy, but only his eight catch this season.
  • Dak Prescott had two interceptions tonight but both were on bobbled catches from his receivers. With everything Hopkins was doing for Houston, Dallas' lack of talent among the WRs was never more glaring.
  • With the Eagles and Giants also losing today, the standings won't change this week. Even if they lose tomorrow night against the Saints, Washington will remain on top of the division.
  • The Cowboys return home next Sunday to host the Jaguars, who got handled today in a loss to Kansas City. It will be the Jags' second-straight game on the road.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Charles

Pathetic!!! Game should have never have went to OT if our offense wasn’t so generic and anemic.

oneputter

8 catches for our #1 WR 5 games into the season!!!

pitiful offense! pitiful QB! pitiful coaching staff!

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