Texans Defense Shines In Win Over Cowboys

Secondary Has A Great Day Against Dallas

The Bull Rush
October 08, 2018 - 1:20 am

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HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) - The Houston Texans won another hard fought, close battle Sunday night against the in-state rival Dallas Cowboys.

It may not have been a pretty win, but another notch in the win column is all that matters when it comes to NFL standings.

As good as Deshaun Watson looked at times in this 19-16 OT win, it was the Texans defense that found ways to contain Dallas’ biggest weapons in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

The Texans held Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher, to only 54 yards on 20 carries, with only 84 total yards, and they held Prescott to a fairly pedestrian day with only 208 yards passing and 2 interceptions.

The Texans secondary, which has struggled quite a bit in spots this season, seemed to finally put together a solid outing from start to finish.

Kareem Jackson had the first interception of the game, and his first of the season, early in the game, solidifying him as the Texans all-time leader in interceptions. 

However, Jackson says he's not worried about records right now, "It's one of those things you kind of think about a little bit later on down the line. For me, to be able to get these interceptions it's all about the team, so, anything I can do tonight. I was definitely in the right place at the right time on the tipped ball," he said.

Fellow cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who is currently in second place behind Jackson for the team interception record, wasn't nearly as modest about Jackson's accomplishment, "He's always been our Swiss Army Knife. He can do whatever you ask him, he's smart, he communicates, that sums it up for him. He can play the time, he can play the nickel, cornerback, safety. There's not many guys in this league that can do that, so he adds a lot of value to this team and he brings it every week. He's tough, he plays through injuries, fights, competes, and that's a guy I'll go to war with any day," Joseph said after Sunday's win.

The Texans are now 2-3 on the season and with the defense finally starting to show some life, could find themselves in a fight for a playoff spot moving forward this season.