THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Deshaun Watson's in control

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs past Dallas Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford (98) during the first quarter at NRG Stadium.Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texans lead 10-6 at the break, but Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith kept the margin from getting bigger.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown on the road and find themselves in a hole at halftime. It’s the third time it’s happened in three road games this season and the Houston Texans lead Dallas, 10-6, at the break at NRG Stadium.

The good news for the Cowboys is that Jaylon Smith made a hit that kept Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson out of the end zone with three second left in the third quarter. If Watson had crossed the goal line, the Texans would have extended their lead to 17-6 and they get the ball to start the second half.

The bad news is that Dallas didn’t force Houston to punt for the entire first half. Watson led an efficient Texans offense that posted 251 total yards in the first half. The Texans should have taken the points instead of going for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 10 seconds left in the second quarter.

So the big question going into the second half is will the Cowboys be able to find their rhythm on offense in the second half? As bad as they’ve been on the road this season, they have managed to move the ball more effectively in the third and fourth quarters.

EXTRA POINT: Ezekiel Elliott has just 30 rushing yards on 9 carries so far and those aren’t the makings of a victory.

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