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Local Ratings For Houston-Dallas Points To One Sided Rivalry

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Local Ratings For Houston-Dallas Points To One Sided Rivalry

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Saftey Barry Church #42 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a defensive stop of quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.

There’s was a good deal of talk in the past week over the rivalry, or lack thereof, that exists between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, with the general thought being that there is some degree of enmity there, but it’s all one sided. That is, Texans fans may well hate the Cowboys-- and with good reason.

The Cowboys are the Marcia Brady to Texans’ Jan, and no matter if they dye their hair black or adopt a new moniker, in the state of Texas, it’s still Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! And there’s no evidence to suggest that this will change anytime soon. Cowboys fans see the Texans game, more or less, as just another game on the schedule. And this is evidenced by the respective local ratings for the teams from last Sunday.

From Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News:

Sunday's game earned a 28.2 rating in Houston, which trails only the Texans' first regular season game in 2002. That victory over the Cowboys scored a 42.2 rating. The Cowboys' 27-13 victory Sunday scored a 32.0 rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, making it the lowest-rated game locally this season."

Of course, the low ratings in Dallas may have something to do with the fact that the Cowboys were entering the game at 0-2, having played miserably in the first two weeks. But it’s quite clear, looking at the ratings that this was a mammoth game for Houstonians--second only, in fact, to the franchise’s 2002 debut. Whether the ratings would have been larger in Dallas had the team been, as Houston was, 2-0 entering Sunday, we don’t know. Probably. But the second-highest in team history? We don’t think so.

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