A few teams in the NFL have found many struggles offensively with their first unit during the preseason. The Dallas Cowboys are among those trying to get into rhythm before the 2010 NFL season begins.
This was evident again on Saturday night as the Cowboys fell to the Houston Texans 23-7. In four preseason games, the Cowboys have yet to put together a true touchdown drive with their only touchdown coming on a drive that started at the 8-yard line against the San Diego Chargers last week. Saturday was no different as quarterback Tony Romo could not get into any sort of rhythm once again. Romo was sacked twice and also fumbled.
Romo finished the game with 146 yards passing and one interception. Their running attack was absent as well. The first team only managed 7 yards rushing before the reserves took over late in the third quarter. Romo does realize that with all the miscues affecting the offense, they are one’s that can be corrected.
“It’s not just one person or anything like that,” Romo said. “It is all of us. It’s everybody. But it’s correctable. We all just need to execute better. I don’t know how else to say it.”
The Texans’ offense was the story of the game. Last year, they had the league’s best passing offense but struggled to compliment it with a running game. That problem might have been answered as Arian Foster has been impressive in in Houston’s last two games. On Saturday, Foster lit up the Cowboy’s defense for 110 yards on the ground and one touchdown. In their past two games, he has rushed for 216 yards. Getting more carries is boosting Foster’s confidence after he signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent in May 2009.
“I felt comfortable last year, but it’s just, when you’ve got a year under your belt, you get a little more used to the speed of the game,” Foster said. “I still go out there and play like every play is my last and like it’s my first, too.”
Matt Shaub continued his dominance and passed for 183 yards and one touchdown. The Texans offense dominated the first three quarters on Saturday and ended up with 381 total yards. They led Dallas 23-0 heading into the fourth quarter, aided by their two touchdowns and three field goals. Dallas finally got their only score of the game when Kevin Ogletree hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jon Kitna.
It will be important for the Cowboys to get their offense going if they are going to live up to the odds (9/1) NFL sportsbooks have them set at to win Super Bowl XLV in 2011. The Texans have their odds set at 28/1.