‘Lone Star Bowl’

For years the Dallas Cowboys have been America’s team, the poster child of the NFL. There are now two sheriffs in the Lone Star State, the Houston Texans have bolted out to win their first four games—a first for the team.

Both organizations have lofty goals as the season begins, and fans expect a lot from the two teams. Some say that this year the Cowboys and Texans will face each other in the Super Bowl.

Junior International business major Mitchell Goodman thinks it’s possible.

“It will be Texans versus Cowboys in the Super Bowl,” Goodman said.”I feel like the Texas teams have great hope, almost as much as the Cru football team.”

Though it may be a long shot, an in-state battle for the Lombardi trophy is possible. It just so happens that the two Texas teams are in different conferences The Cowboys are in the NFC while the Texans are in the AFC.

The teams are not scheduled to play in the regular season, a Cowboys-Texans showdown might be viewed on the biggest stage of all, the Super Bowl. Many things will have to fall perfectly in place if the teams are to meet up in New Orleans, the site of the 2013 Super Bowl. For one, the Texans will have to stay healthy.

In past seasons, good health has been a rare thing for the Texans. The team’s big three, running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Andre Johnson and quarterback Matt Schaub, were seldom on the field together last season due to injuries. Now, all three are in the mix and can create nightmares for opposing defenses.

Dallas’ problem is not their defense, but their offense. Freshman Ross Phipps said the team is weakest up front.

“Their offensive line isn’t the best, and, of course, Tony Romo holds on to the ball too long.”

After losing to Seattle, the Cowboys’ offense struggled against a relentless Tampa Bay defense. They put up only 16 points, and their only touchdown was set up by an interception by linebacker Sean Lee.

One thing is certain: the Cowboys and Texans both have solid defensive units. The Texans are led by their juggernaut defensive end J.J. Watt. In his first three games, he has already tied last year’s sacks for the regular season.

Freshman Christian ministries major Jaron Haas said, “Watt is pretty dang good. I wouldn’t want to run against him. That’s just terrifying.”

The same can be said of Cowboys linebackers. Outside backers Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware add versatility on the edges, while inside backers Lee and Bruce Carter plug running lanes.

The two could face off at the big dance, but first they must face their own struggles.

Author: Tyler Agnew

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