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Texans, Cowboys Prep For Battle Of Texas

Houston, Dallas Rivalry Continues Sunday

October 03, 2018 - 4:38 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Football is king in Texas, and when the two NFL teams in the lone star state meet, it's big. As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas. Including the rivalries.

“I think it’s a great rivalry. Obviously, football is big in the state of Texas and we’re the two teams that are playing pro football. We have great respect for their organization, for their coaches and for their team. Excited about the challenge this week,” Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett said in a conference call Wednesday. 

Since the Texans are in the AFC and the Cowboys in the NFC, the two teams only meet once every four years in the regular season.  The Cowboys lead the series 3-1, oddly the Texans only win in the rivalry came in their expansion season in 2002.

“Everybody’s pretty pumped up to play against Dallas. It’s an in-state game, so everybody’s ready to go,” Texans wide receiver Keke Coutee told the media gathering around his locker on Wednesday.

Four years ago, in 2014, the Texans fell in Dallas 20-17 in overtime.  AT&T Stadium was invaded by Texans fans, which led to Tony Romo needing to use a silent count on offense inside their own stadium.

“I remember they had to go to a silent count in their own stadium because of our fans, which was really cool, but I also remember we lost that game. So, good memories, bad memories. It’s a new year. That was long ago and we’re looking forward to having our home stadium packed out and loud,” Watt reminisced about. 

The rivalry is big, and fans of both teams and cities are passionate about being better than the other.  This season though, both teams are looking to gain traction in 2018. The Cowboys are 2-2, but falling below .500 in a difficult NFC would provide a daunting challenge for Dallas.  The Texans meanwhile are desperate for a victory at 1-3, and are hoping to avoid losing their first two home games of the season. 

“This is pretty much the battle of Texas. Two Texas teams and Houston wants to beat Dallas and have the bragging rights,” Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said on Wednesday.  “So, we have to go out there and do our job and try to get those bragging rights so the whole City of Houston can hold that weight for a year.”