We all know Texas is one of the biggest states in the country, but even it isn't big enough for these two teams. Houston and Dallas are both major cities in the U.S. and they both look to have quality NFL teams this year. This is the ultimate Texas two-step.
Even though the Cowboys are in the NFC and the Texans are a part of the AFC, these two have no love for one another. The ultimate game, of course, would be if they could each find a way to get to the Super Bowl. I think Pennsylvania has a better chance this year though, with the Eagles and the Steelers.
The Cowboys and Texans have a lot in common. Both of them have high-powered offenses, but are suspect on defense. Houston was able to address their secondary concerns in free agency by acquiring outstanding cornerback Johnathan Joseph from Cincinnati. The Cowboys are okay with their corners, but both teams desperately need help at the safety position.
The quarterbacks are both very good, but not elite. The Cowboys have two great receivers in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, while the Texans feature the best receiver in the game, Andre Johnson. They have above average tight ends, but Houston has a much better offensive line. The Cowboys will feature dual running backs Felix Jones and rookie DeMarco Murray, while the Texans will rely on Arian Foster to repeat last year's incredible performance.
The Cowboys will have a rough time with the Eagles in the NFC East, but the Texans will also have their hands full with the Colts in the AFC South. Both of these teams are capable of competing for the division, but Houston looks to have a better chance of doing so. Combine that with the fact that it is "do or die" for head coach Gary Kubiak, and there you have your winner.
I think the Texans are finally ready to take the next step with such a young and talented football team. Things will be much better in Dallas this year than they were last season, but I would be hesitant to say they are bound for the playoffs this year.