Sean Pendergast

Harvey Forces Texans and Cowboys to Move Thursday Night's Game to Arlington

Hurricane Harvey has driven Bill O'Brien and the Texans out of Houston and into Arlington.
Hurricane Harvey has driven Bill O'Brien and the Texans out of Houston and into Arlington. Photo by Eric Sauseda
In a move that was about as predictable as Brock Osweiler overthrowing a deep ball, the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys have moved their final preseason game at AT&T Stadium on Thursday night to Arlington. The game was originally scheduled for NRG Stadium, but the devastation and logistical nightmares caused by Tropical Storm Harvey have forced this move, as it is an impossibility for both teams to travel to Houston in time for Thursday night's game. (Kickoff remains 7 p.m. local time.)

Here is the NFL's comment on the schedule change:

Similarly, the Texans back in 2008 were forced by Hurricane Ike to postpone their Week 2 game with the Baltimore Ravens to Week 10, which meant that the Texans bye week was pigeonholed into Week 2 and they spent it dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane. Very relaxing. Not surprisingly, the Texans began that season 1-5.

In one final salvo that completely cleared the sports deck in Houston for the weekend, the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff football game between LSU and BYU will be moved to the Superdome in Louisiana:

Houstonians have plenty on our plate right now with Harvey still dumping buckets on us, but there will be no local sporting events this weekend.

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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