Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans Preseason: Final Film Study Observations

August 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I’ve already posted initial post-game notes, “DOs and DON’Ts analysis,” and what we learned from the Cowboys/Texans game. Now that I’ve finally had a chance to completely break down the film, here are my final observations.
Play-Calling/Formation Notes
I loved the call to run a draw on 3rd and 6. It resulted in a first down and, shockingly, runs are nearly as efficient as passes on anywhere from 3rd and 5 to 3rd and 10 (and more so with less yards to go). The call actually wasn’t offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s, though. It was an audible by Romo. I’ve never seen a team blitz as much in a preseason game as what I saw from Houston. They were clearly trying to send a message to Dallas. That idea is supported by the fact that they immediately stopped blitzing once Romo and the first-teamers left the game.  Check out the chart below.
It didn’t take long to notice the Texans weren’t running just ...

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