The preseason is over for the Dallas Cowboys.
Now it’s time to shape the final roster and gear up for the opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11. The final roster cutdown to 53 is Saturday.
But Thursday night at AT&T Stadium with the majority of the starters resting, the Cowboys fell 28-17 to the Houston Texans.
Jameill Showers, going the distance at quarterback, completed 10 of 21 passes for 91 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Rookie Darius Jackson had nine carries for 21 yards and caught three passes for 32 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
The first score was set up by a fumble recovery by Jeff Heath.
The Cowboys followed with a 61-yard touchdown drive, capped by Showers’ 18-yard touchdown pass to Jackson on a screen play for a 7-0 first-quarter lead.
The Cowboys made a defensive stand midway in the second quarter when Mike McAdoo sacked Brandon Weeden on a fourth-and-goal play at the 7.
However, Showers fumbled away the ensuing position and the Texans scored six plays later on a fourth-down, 3-yard run by Akeem Hunt to tie the game at 7-7 at the 4:45 mark.
The Texans took their first lead of the game on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Weeden to Keith Mumphery with 33 seconds left for a 14-7 edge.
The Cowboys quickly moved into field goal range where Dan Bailey’s 52-yard kick made it 14-10 at halftime.
Showers completed eight of 13 passes for 76 yards and one touchdown in the first half.
“He’s done a nice a nice job. We are moving the ball offensively. He’s made some good throws. He moved when he needed to move. He’s done a good job,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said on his team’s first-half performance. “The fumble was bad, giving them an opportunity in the scoring zone, but the drive at the end was good. He came back from the fumble and did some good things.”
The Texans took the second half kickoff and drove for another score.
Tom Savage threw a fourth-down, 10-yard pass to Hunt for a 21-10 lead.
Dallas cut the deficit to 21-17 when rookie Anthony Brown returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown.
The Texans added a 9-yard interception return for a touchdown by Antonio Allen for the 28-17 final.
Next for the Cowboys, who finished the preseason with a 1-3 record, is a home date against the Giants
“I’m looking forward to getting the season rolling,” guard Zack Martin said. “We have been going against each other for over a month now, and just getting out there.”