CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with Tony Romo #9 on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2010 in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 16-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
I know, I know, preseason football doesn't mean anything.
But when you've managed one offensive touchdown through three games and you're playing your "dress rehearsal", it starts to mean something.
With this likely being the last game action the starters see before they open the season against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys offense needs to find its rhythm, and do it in a hurry.
That means Tony Romo and Roy Wiliams need to find some sort of rapport. It means Felix Jones needs to do better than averaging two yards per carry. That doesn't quite cut it for your home run threat. It means the offensive line needs to jell and come together in the event that Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo aren't back to start the regular season like Jerry Jones insists they will be.
The offense's excuse so far has been that they don't game plan for defenses and their playbook is "vanilla", but that can be thrown out the window for Saturday. It's a "dress rehearsal" for the coaches too so expect to see a lot less vanilla and some more explosiveness and surprise.
As for winning the game, it's not important, and it's really not likely. This game likely means a whole lot more to the Texans than it does to the Cowboys. It always does.