Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye tackles Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III during a 2008 preseason game in Dallas.
The Texans' preseason schedule, released today by the NFL, features a home game against the Dallas Cowboys in primetime and a road game against the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
The Texans will open their preseason at the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 14. They close the preseason at Reliant Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, Sept. 2.
"I think it's a great schedule," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "I'm really pleased with it. We're continuing to work with New Orleans and the Cowboys, and those will be regular games. I think that helps build some regional rivalries that make a lot of sense."
Houston's game with the Cowboys will be played on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:05 p.m. CT and will air on CBS. The Texans also are scheduled to play the Cowboys at Reliant Stadium during the regular season.
"Some people have asked how it is that we're going to be playing the Cowboys twice, and some coaches don't care for that, but Coach (Gary) Kubiak is fine with it and I'm certainly fine with it," McNair said. "We were going to play them last year and they had a conflict, so we're glad to have that again. We like the in-state rivalry. I think it'll be exciting."
This will be the third consecutive preseason in which the Texans play the Saints. McNair said the two teams will practice together in the week leading up to their game, as they have in the previous two preseasons.
"I think it's a real advantage to have someone that you can work with like that," McNair said. "(Saints coach) Sean Payton and Gary get along well, so they can schedule things and decide how they want to conduct the practices. It's very productive for both teams."
The Texans last played Arizona in the preseason in 2007. They have faced the Bucs in every preseason in team history.
Specific dates, times and television participants of all preseason games will be released at a later date. The NFL will release the Texans' 2010 regular season schedule in April.
The Texans had a preseason record of 2-2 in 2009.
Houston Texans 2010 Preseason Schedule
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