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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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“Keeping It 100”

Astros clinch A.L. West

Some say that, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” I guess the defending World Series champs didn’t get that memo. On a night were the Houston Astros won their 100th game for the second consecutive season, they also clinched another AL West title. The Astros became the 5th defending World Series champion to win that amount of games since 1970. After Houston defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada 4-1, they had to wait for the outcome of the Oakland A’s vs Seattle Mariners to find out if they would clinch a second consecutive AL West title. One person who was not waiting around for that outcome due to its late start was the Astros skipper A.J. Hinch.

 

“Do you hear my voice? I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and figure it out,” Hinch said when asked if he would watch the game. “I’m going to bed.”

 

In a shot heard around the world, or at least in Houston, Texas. The Mariners defeated the A’s in extra innings on a walk-off homerun by pinch-hitter Chris Herrmann. That loss combined with a Houston victory put the A’s in a winner-take-all matchup with the Yankees in a wild-card game.

 

For the Astros, 3B Alex Bregman continued to show voters around Major League Baseball why they should make him the 2018 A.L. MVP. Following in the footsteps of 2017 A.L. MVP Jose Altuve, Bregman has been very consistent throughout the year and that did not stop on Tuesday. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning (his 31st of the year) to set the tone in the game that he would also extend his streak of reaching base safely on the road to 53 games which is a new club record.

 

“We really haven’t played our best baseball until lately,” Bregman told the Associated Press. The MLB leader in doubles at 51 is also the 5th youngest player to with a 50-double, 30-homerun season before turning 25.

 

Houston has 5 remaining games left and will close out their season in an afternoon game against the Orioles on Sunday. I expect that a lot of their starters will receive multiple days off as they head into the postseason where they will face the Cleveland Indians in the Division Series on Oct. 5th at Minute Maid Park.

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