Kickoff to the NFL season is right around the corner and teams have just a few more opportunities for a tune-up as the preseason winds down. In what is expected to be a “dress rehearsal” for the season, the Houston Texans will hit the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
The game starts at 7 p.m. ET. For in-market viewers, it will be televised on various local channels (ABC in Houston and CBS in Dallas). For out-of-market viewers, it will be on NFL Network. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone or streaming device via one of the following live-TV streaming services:
PS Vue — which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch — offers four different live-TV channel packages. All include CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC and MyTV (all live in select markets; view channels in your area), while NFL Network is in the upper three bundles.
You can start a free five-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Texans vs Cowboys on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
If the game is on CBS in your area (as it is in Dallas, Austin, Tulsa, Beaumont and other markets), and you don’t need any other channels, Amazon Prime’s CBS channel is a great option.
If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all live and on-demand CBS content via the CBS All-Access Amazon Channel, which comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of the Texans vs Cowboys on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or other streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
CBS NBC, Fox, CW (all live in select markets; view channels in your area) and NFL Network are among the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. ABC isn’t available on FuboTV, so viewers in Houston will want to use a different option.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Texans vs Cowboys on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, including CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox and CW (all live in select markets; view channels in your area). NFL Network is not included, so this is an option for in-market viewers only.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Texans vs Cowboys on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
If You’re in Canada: DAZN
Viewers in Canada can watch every preseason, regular season and postseason NFL game live online via DAZN, a digital streaming service that also includes NFL Network, NFL RedZone, Premier League soccer, Champions League soccer, boxing and other live sports for $20 per month or $150 per year.
You can sign up for a free one-month trial of DAZN right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Texans vs Cowboys and every other NFL game on your computer via DAZN.com, or on your phone, tablet, smart TV, Roku, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the DAZN app.
Texans vs. Cowboys Preview
The NFL preseason is just getting interesting as most teams are starting to get more serious as the season rapidly approaches. Starters typically see the most time in the third game of the preseason and the game is often referred to as a “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. But teams still try to find a balance between staying sharp for the season and avoiding injuries, but it’s easier said than done.
The Texans are taking on their in-state rival Cowboys for their most important tune-up of the preseason. Deshaun Watson has been very limited in the preseason, but has made an impact in his short time. In a 30-23 victory over the Lions last week, Watson completed 5 of 7 passes for 60 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins.
Houston could get the first look at running back Duke Johnson Jr. against the Cowboys. The team traded for Johnson after he demanded a trade from the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.
“It’s great to have him out here,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a good addition to the team, good in the passing game, good runner, had some good plays today. Good to have him out there.”
The Cowboys have had all types of drama this offseason, much of it stemming from a holdout by two-time NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott, who is seeking a new deal despite having two years left on his contract.
While Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are all still looking for new deals, the Cowboys signed linebacker Jaylon Smith to a surprise, lucrative extension this week.
The five-year contract extension is worth $64 million with $35.5 million guaranteed, according to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.
“It is neat that Jaylon understands that when you have a solid roster and you have as many high-quality young players that we have, you have to allocate your resources wisely to keep and have all those players,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, sending a clear message to the rest of his players seeking deals. “That’s called team building, and I will assure you that this was about team. It certainly was beneficial to Jaylon but I can assure you this was about team. Our goals are to build the best team and it takes cooperation from both parties when you are doing agreements. He’s worth 1,000 words of anything we can say about contracts and the Dallas Cowboys.”
The NFL season revs up with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers clashing at Soldier Field on Sept. 5.
The Cowboys kick off their season against the New York Giants on Sept. 8 at home, while the Texans travel to take on the Saints on Sept. 9 on Monday Night Football.
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