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It's Just Preseason, But is It really?
It's Just Preseason, But is It really?

Photo Courtesy of Dallas Cowboys Twitter

Arlington, Tx - Preseason football in the NFL is often described as “practice games,” or as some in the sports world would deem it, “glorified scrimmages.”

The bottom line is they don't count against a team's record or affect their chance to win their division, make the playoffs, or win a Super Bowl. Let me say it again slowly for those who love to challenge me when I make that statement.

They don’t count.

It’s the equivalent to speaking to the prettiest girl in the school, but never asking her out. Guess what? You two are not in a relationship. Sorry.

On Saturday night the Houston Texans were defeated by in-state rival, the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 34-0. Their execution looked bad from the start and not scoring any points is enough to make some media personalities and fans worry about the team going forward.

“We wanted to start fast, come out and execute,” said offensive lineman Roderick Johnson. “We didn’t do that.  We’ve got to learn from it and keep rolling.”

Texans fans travelled roughly-250 miles thinking that their team, whose 2018 regular season record of 11-5 propelled them to the top of the AFC South and a trip to the playoffs, would put on a better show against the Cowboys. Especially with it being the coveted third preseason game where most teams play their starters the majority of the first half.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson played only one series but was sacked twice behind what was supposedly a revamped and rebuilt offensive line. To make matters worse, Pro Bowl RB Lamar Miller suffered an ACL injury and was lost for the season on the second play of the game behind that same offensive line.

Watson who finished the night without throwing a single pass.

 ''It's very tough. You have a guy that's so special to our team. Anybody that gets hurt, it's tough. But he's one of the guys that has a lot of energy and a lot of power for this team. It's tough to see him go off in the cart,'' said Watson after the game.

 The Texans finished the painfully embarrassing night with only 135 total yards and 8 first downs, while allowing the same number in sacks (8). They finished with a humbling 34-0 loss to, and let this part sink in, the Dallas Cowboys.

But it's just preseason right? It doesn't count, right? It's just a glorified scrimmage, right? Is it really? Only time will tell.

Andre' AJ Jones is the Sports Director at KYOK AM 1140 & 92.3 FM and can be heard Monday through Friday from 12-2pm on the Lunch Break Sports Talk Show. Follow him on Twitter @lunchbreakkyok & on Instagram @lunchbreak_kyok.

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