This was not the Dallas Cowboys' first rodeo, and they proved it by breaking the Houston Texans' quest to remain undefeated through its first 3 games of the 2010 season for the first time in franchise history. Dallas owned Houston with a 27 - 13 victory that was not as close as better than lapping the Texans might sound.
Desperate and 0 - 2, Dallas came to Houston for a contest that locals hoped would result in Texas Pro-Football little brother finally getting the best of the perennial relatively superior neighbor to the north. It was not to be, as the Cowboys for the better part of 59 minutes faced an opponent whose point total was less than its total number of possessions with a couple of measly field goals to show for an afternoon of missed opportunities and failed execution.
When that kind of stagnant production includes the inability to punch it in with First and Goal from inside the 1-yard line, it's pretty clear the mindset of the two teams on the field and who will win the game. Couple with that a Dallas offense that finally delivered on its potential with better than 75% efficiency, 284 yards, 2:0 TD/int ratio and a 127 QB rating for Romo...and Houston had no shot.
Specifically, a continuation of a porous secondary exploited by potent passing attacks made swiss-cheese of the Texans' defense as Dez Bryant was a beast for the Cowboys, and Roy Williams played like a superstar with 2 TD receptions. The defense could not get off the field, or be kept off of it by Schaub and the offense. This was in no small part due to the ineffectiveness of Rashad Butler, replacement for suspended Duane Brown, lining up across from DeMarcus Ware who notched 3 sacks and led a D-line that created havoc for Matt Schaub all day long.
Dallas came to play and win and Houston was an obliging host.