Can the Dallas Cowboys continue to be America's team if they're not even state champs in Texas? Can the
Those are but two of the developing storylines to watch as Week 2 of the NFL season is upon us.
The Cowboys, of course, are the biggest brand in the league. But in terms of the product on the field -- the caliber and style of football being played --- the Houston Texans and Cowboys seem to be headed in different directions as they head toward a good, old-fashioned Texas showdown in Week 3.
The Cowboys were lethargic and sloppy during the preseason. The Texans were everyone's trendy pick to finally have all the parts in place and looked sharp during August. When the Cowboys and Texans met in the preseason, with starters on both squads playing well into the game, the Texans whitewashed the Cowboys 23-7. Then came Week 1 of the NFL season.
Both squads faced longtime rivals. The Cowboys collectively spit up on themselves against the supposedly inferior Redskins. The Texans, meanwhile, put forth one of the most impressive opening-weekend efforts with a thorough manhandling of the Colts, 34-24.
The Cowboys looked lost. Their quarterback
Interestingly, the Texans face the Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday. The Cowboys are at home against the Chicago Bears. When the Cowboys and Texans face off at Reliant Stadium next week, one team could be 2-0 and the other 0-2. One team could be the struggling America's Team. The other could be on the way to a Texas state championship.