Game of the Week: Cowboys at Texans

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IISeptember 24, 2010

Expect a hard-fought game from the Cowboys on Sunday.
Expect a hard-fought game from the Cowboys on Sunday.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Just imagine...the Cowboys are 0-3 and in the cellar of one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, the NFC East. Jerry Jones is sipping a margarita and wondering how his perfect plan became flawed.

This picture could become a reality on Sunday when the Cowboys face-off against their instate foe, the Houston Texans.

The Cowboys know what they need to do to succeed, Tony Romo proclaimed it this week: Run the ball.

The Cowboys have averaged a meager 69.5 rushing yards per game through the first two weeks, 28th in the NFL. The passing game has been doing its job, averaging 325.5 passing yards through the first two weeks, second in the NFL.

But the Cowboys need a balance. They can't expect to win games against six or seven defensive backs every play. It's up to the three-headed monster of Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice to get the ball rolling...figuratively speaking.

The Houston Texans would love nothing more than to defeat the Dallas Cowboys for their third win of the season. Houston boasts a new-found star in running back Arian Foster, who leads the league in rushing yards through the first two weeks of the season.

Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson haven't skipped a beat and are well on their way to Pro Bowl seasons again. The defense has struggled, but the offense has made up for those struggles so far this season.

You can expect a shootout at Reliant Stadium in Week 3, but I wouldn't want to be playing the Cowboys with the prospect of an 0-3 record on their minds. This game may come down to the last play, but at the end of the day there's no way Tony Romo lets the Cowboys fall to 0-3.

The Cowboys win, 34-28.