Jaguars vs Chiefs : The Dallas Cowboys will play in their final preseason game of the year this Thursday night against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium.
The Dallas Cowboys final preseason game of the year is also known as the Roster Bubble Bowl. Usually completely void of starters, this last exhibition showcases fringe players still trying to prove themselves worthy of the final 53-man roster.
This is the final preseason game of the season. It’s the one where everyone who isn’t starting plays, hopes, and prays that don’t get cut, before hoping and praying and they snag one of the final spots on the 53-man roster or make the practice squad the weekend afterwards.
It’s also the one against the Dallas Cowboys. The one that was cancelled last year because of Hurricane Harvey. Yee-haw, it’s back this year. Texas. Amen, brother. Here’s how to catch the game
The Cowboys will cut a whopping 37 players following the game, as they are required by the league to trim their roster to just 53 by Saturday afternoon. So this matchup against the Texans will start and end some NFL careers. This contest is one for all the die-hard fans!
The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of clean-up to do, especially following their abysmal dress rehearsal.
Additionally, and more pressing, is the palpable sense of urgency within the organization following a disappointing 2017 season, where the club finished 9-7 — failing to make the playoffs, but felt oddly like a mild celebration labeled “At Least We Were Above .500”. This was the follow-up to a historic 13-3 record from only one year prior, wherein the Cowboys also landed a first-round playoff bye and home field advantage — all while being led by two rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. The team again couldn’t capitalize on their storied season as the demons of 2014 came back to haunt them in the form of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, but the expectations for 2017 were through the shingles.
For all intents and purposes (especially factoring in the intergalactic levels of off-the-field drama by players and owner alike), last season was a throwaway of the highest order. Even the final victory in Week 17 served to do more harm than good, dropping them in the first-round NFL Draft order — and all for the right to say they barely defeated the eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles by a rousing score of 6-0, in which the Cowboys’ offense looked as inept as ever against the Eagles’ non-starters.
It’s time to begin washing the sour taste of 2017 out of their collective mouths, with one final preseason game to determine who’s worthy of surviving the final roster cutdown at the end of August, the pressure’s on for many to improve over the 27-3 bludgeoning at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. Now 0-3 this August, for those who care about a meaningless record, more important are the third-stringers and bubble players who have no choice but to show up big against the Houston Texans — with nary a starter taking the field.
The first two games to open the month of August were carried by NFL Network with the third shown on Sunday Night Football, but the fourth won’t be up for national TV grabs. If you’re not local to the Metroplex and don’t have NFL Sunday Ticket, here’s how to catch all the action.