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Refocused, NFL Preseason Week 4: Houston Texans 14, Dallas Cowboys 6

Aug 30, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Terry Swanson (42) runs the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium.
PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game.
For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.
Houston Texans 14, Dallas Cowboys 6 Analyst Takeaways The Dallas skill players struggled to make easy catches on several occasions, while other times poor ball placement by the Cowboys’ quarterbacks made catches harder than they needed to be.
Joe Webb was the better of the two Houston backups to play on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Brandon Weeden did very little with his playing time, featuring multiple inaccurate throws.
Virgin made a couple immediate tackles for short gains, while Chachere broke up multiple passes.
Dallas: The Cowboys run game with their backups is far off the pace of their starters, even when going against other backups.
Their lack of ability to run consistently put even more pressure on the quarterbacks to do well in the passing game.
Houston: The Texans secondary stepped up to limit the Dallas passing game, and made some big plays with an interception and a handful of pass breakups.

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Aug 30, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Terry Swanson (42) runs the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday evening, 14-6 continuing the fourth full week of preseason action in the NFL.

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Houston Texans 14, Dallas Cowboys 6

Analyst Takeaways

The Dallas skill players struggled to make easy catches on several occasions, while other times poor ball placement by the Cowboys’ quarterbacks made catches harder than they needed to be.

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