The Cowboys went 12-5 last year and won the NFC East. In the Wild Card Playoff, they fell at home to the San Francisco 49ers. They enter the Week 14 matchup with a 9-3 record.
It's the third year for head coach Mike McCarthy, who came to Dallas after going 125-77-2 in 13 seasons with Green Bay. He was the head coach when the Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010. His Green Bay squads won 10 games or more in a season eight times. As the head coach of the Cowboys, he owns a record of 27-18.
During the regular season, the Cowboys and Texans have met five times. Houston won the last meeting, 19-16, in a Week 5 overtime thriller during the 2018 season. The Texans also won the first meeting in 2002, 19-10, in the franchise's inaugural game.
Notable Cowboys: QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR CeeDee Lamb, CB Trevon Diggs, LB Micah Parsons
Defensive lineman Carlos Watkins spent the first four years of his career with the Texans, and signed with Dallas in 2021. Punter Bryan Anger was a Texan in 2019 and 2020. Texans defensive lineman Maliek Collins started 55 games from 2016-2019 in Dallas.