They say that everything is bigger in Texas. “They” must be referring to football, as that is one thing the state of Texas is known for. Texas actually has two NFL teams, which makes them one of only a few states to have multiple football teams.
History of Cowboys vs. Texans Rivalry
The state of Texas also has a Governor’s Cup matchup between the two Texas NFL teams that includes a trophy presented to the winner. This tradition was started in 1965 by the Cowboys and Houston Oilers and gives significance to preseason games since they only meet every 4 years as inter-conference rivals in regular season play. The bragging rights in the state of Texas are tested pretty frequently as they meet often in the preseason since the Texans joined the league.
Head to Head Analysis of Cowboys vs. Texans Rivalry
The Houston Texans played their first game as a franchise in 2002, so this is a very new rivalry that does not see much regular season action. In terms of the regular season, Dallas leads the series 3 games to 2. The past two meetings have been incredible games that managed to split between the two in overtime. When you include the preseason—AKA all Governor’s Cup play— the Texans lead 8 wins to 7, plus they have won the last three meetings. We will have to wait until 2022 for another regular season game, but they do value their frequent preseason games.
A Glance at Postseason Success in Cowboys vs. Texans Rivalry
The Dallas Cowboys have been one of the NFL’s most successful franchises, as evidenced by them being dubbed “America’s Team”. The Houston Texans did not see much success in their first 8-9 years, but they have now won the AFC South 5 times since 2011. The ‘Boys play in the NFC East and have made 33 playoff appearances since their first season in 1960. Dallas has won 24 Division championships, 10 Conference championships, and 5 Super Bowl championships, with the most recent being in 1995.
It is safe to say that this rivalry will continue to blossom as an in-state opponent is always loathed. Houston has a stellar quarterback in Deshaun Watson and some great position players in WR DeAndre Hopkins, WR Keke Coutee, WR Will Fuller, and RB D’Onta Foreman. I don’t see their young offensive core depleting anytime soon, and they also have some young talent on defense in LB Zach Cunningham, DE Jadeveon Clowney, and S Justin Reid.
Dallas is relatively young all around with QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Michael Gallup, and newly acquired WR Amari Cooper. Their defense is just as young, with LB Leighton Vander Esch, MLB Jaylon Smith, CB Chidobe Aquzie, and FS Xavier Woods all under 25 years old. A betting man would put his money on this rivalry developing a great deal every single year.