Texas football teams look for answers, Rockets start to surge

Dallas Cowboys

In their first game without running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys struggled to find an offensive rhythm as the team lost to the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 27-7. Dallas’ offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Dak Prescott, who was sacked a total eight times, while the defense couldn’t find a way to stop the Falcons from scoring.

Though he was limited to just 176 passing yards, Prescott managed to contribute 42 rushing yards while also giving Dallas their only score of the day with an 11-yard rushing touchdown. The Cowboys look to bounce back in a week 11 face-off against the NFC East division leading Philadelphia Eagles.

Houston Texans

In their third consecutive loss, the Houston Texans could not contain the Los Angeles Rams’ dynamic offense, losing 33-7. Since the season-ending injury of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, the Texans have struggled to solve their quarterback situation.

Fourth-year pro Tom Savage threw two interceptions, fumbled twice and was sacked three times. However, Savage did manage to throw for 221 yards and one touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington while DeAndre Hopkins hauled in seven receptions for 111 receiving yards. The Texans will seek redemption when they host the 4-5 Arizona Cardinals in week 11.

San Antonio Spurs

Though the Spurs announced that the rehabilitation process for Kawhi Leonard’s quad injury is taking longer than initially anticipated, the team is finding a way to make it work as they stand with an 8-5 record. In Leonard’s absence, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has emerged as the primary scorer, averaging a team-high 21.8 points per game on 50 percent field goal shooting.

The Spurs have managed to remain a top five defense in the league through their first three weeks of the season and will aim to remain competitive as they face the Mavericks, Timberwolves, Thunder, and Hawks within the next week.

Houston Rockets

Since the first three weeks of Chris Paul’s knee injury, the Houston Rockets have continued to play at an elite level, good enough to top the Western Conference with an 11-3 record. James Harden has had no trouble running the offense, averaging an impressive 30.5 points and nearly 10 assists per game, similarly to how he did last season. The Rockets are currently on a six-game win streak and will hope to extend it as they are scheduled to meet with the Raptors, Suns, and Grizzlies in their next three games.

Dallas Mavericks

Though they currently hold the worst record in the league at 2-12, the Dallas Mavericks have had much to look forward to during their rebuilding process. In his second year with the team, Harrison Barnes has been productive as the Maverick’s first option by averaging 18.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has also been a bright spot for the team. He is having a rather solid professional debut with 14.8 points and 5.1 assists per game. The Mavericks will have to continue their hard work as they are scheduled to play the Spurs, Timberwolves and Bucks in the next couple of days.