I just got done watching the first three quarters on DVR. This game was a really good game for the Texans and, although a pre-season game, a good measure of where this team stands. Almost everyone agrees that the Cowboys are a team that could go deep into the play-offs and we flat out beat them tonight. (1) QB- I think we have seen enough of Schaub to know that he is everything that Carr wasn't. You have to love his pocket presence. He made one quick throw in particular where a defensive player cut through the line (for what looked like a for sure sack) and he zipped the ball right to the fullback. He doesn't seem to get rattled in the pocket and knows exactly where the ball needs to go when the pressure comes. The most impressive thing I saw from him tonight was taking the offense back on the field after two unimpressive series (the second ending with a sack) and get the offense back on track. If he can do that when it matters, he will gain the confidence of his teammates - which is something that this offense hasn't ever had. Sage is the perfect second string QB. (2) RB - Green looked heads and shoulders better than he has looked so far this pre-season. I think he will be solid for us this year and his biggest asset seems to be his understanding of the system. Dayne looks solid and I see Gado taking the third spot. I'll miss the potential of Taylor this season. (3) FB - We haven't seen much this off-season, but we know what we have. (4) TE - Am I a homer to think that Daniels could be a pro-bowl TE? He did drop a ball tonight, but that seems to be the exception to the rule. OD consistently makes tough catches and is a playmaker for us. Putzier has looked good this offseason as well. - I haven't seen much of Bruener this off-season, but haven't been looking. Any chance that he does not make the cut? (5) WR - What were we all so worried about? We have a pro-bowl receiver in AJ. Walter looked really good tonight making some nice catches and is a legit possession type receiver. I don't think he has done anything to lose the starting spot, but I think Jacoby might have played so well that it may be hard not to give it to him. I have admitted before that I was not a fan of the Jacoby pick - and I was wrong. He is just a solid athelete whose confidence as a football player seems to grow play-to-play. Reports from camp were that he struggled with consistency, but I have seen him make some tough catches the last two weeks. I think Jacoby could have a major impact on the offense this year. I see Andre Davis as the fourth option and think Mathis did enough this off-season to take the 5th spot. - Do we save a roster spot for McCardell? (5) OL - I think the OL is going to be good enough. I still sense a lot of pressure (can't tell from where), but with the right QB, the line doesn't look near as poor as it has in the past. In addition, as the offense in general is able to keep things moving and generate some momentum, Kubiak is going to have more of a chance to change things up to keep defenses honest - as opposed to constantly attacking the QB, which will take some pressure off the line as well. (6) DL - I think we look solid against the run, but we still can't seem to get enough pressure on the pass. Mario looked much better tonight. I think he looks more comfortable on the left side, but I liked seeing him get moved around. I don't know - but I just feel like if he can make or play or two, some of that pressure will be lifted and he will just break-out. Weaver is still due back which will be a boost to the line with talent and leadership. I can't tell enough about the play of DT, but I haven't seen Amobi do much. - What about Johnson and Maddox starting at DT, with Amobi coming in? (7) LB - DeMeco seems to be on about 80% of the stops that I see and he should continue to get better. I think Danny Clark has solidified himself a starting spot and I feel good about our depth. (8) DB - Dunta looked like a pro-bowl caliber CB tonight, but the rest of the backfield did not look that solid to me. Is it me, or are we better off when we are in a third and short situation than third and long? Some of this may be on the DL for not getting enough pressure, but I just don't think we have the talent back there right now. (9) Special Teams - Solid. Our kick/ punt returns will be a huge asset to this team. All in all, I think the offense looks better than I thought they would at this point, but the defense doesn't look as good as I thought that they might. I do think that both units played well against a good Dallas team and with so many young players on the field, there is good reason to believe that we see a lot of improvement as the season goes on.