Texas Rangers, FC Dallas, and Dallas Cowboys: What to Watch this Weekend in DFW


Aug 21, 2013; Carson, CA, USA; Chivas USA starting line up before the game against FC Dallas at the StubHub Center. FC Dallas won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another fun sports weekend in D/FW. The Rangers are traveling to Chi-Town to take on the White Sox. FC Dallas, fresh off their victory against Chivas USA on Wednesday, looks to start a new streak against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. The Cowboys play the Bengals in the fourth preseason game Saturday night. Options, options, options…

Aug 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) hits during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Milwaukee won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers

This weekend the Rangers travel to Chicago for a 3 game series against the White Sox. Alex Rios gets a chance to face his former club and show them how motivated he can really be as the Rangers continue their fight for 1st in the AL West. Perez, Darvish, and Garza are scheduled to start so excellent pitching is all but guaranteed.

The Rangers face division rival Oakland in 9 days and they need to take advantage of these easier teams beforehand to gain a little breathing room. Sunday is the game to watch as Matt Garza faces John Danks. It’s The Battle of the Former Vs the Current and should be a good chance for Garza to show off. This should be a fun AND important series to watch this weekend so be sure to check it out.

Friday  8/23

@ Chicago 8:10pm

Saturday 8/24

@ Chicago 7:10pm

Sunday 8/25

@ Chicago 2:10pm

FC Dallas

Just when we give up on FC Dallas they play a brilliant come-from-behind game against Chivas USA to snap the winless streak. FYI: Prior to Wednesdays monumental win, their last victory was June 12th. Now they face San Jose Earthquakes as they look to get back on track and build on the mid-week win.

Saturday 8/24

Vs San Jose 8:00pm

Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan (center) with the offensive line during the game against the Washington Redskins during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys play their 4th (but not last) preseason game Saturday night. Reason to stay in and watch football? I better not answer that but if you have a DVR I suggest using it because there are many questions yet to be answered on this 2013 Dallas Cowboys team.

  • Offensive Line –With poor play and untimely injuries the Dallas Cowboys are in bad shape on the O-Line and are looking for solutions. They have been experimenting with different personnel combinations using Doug Free at Guard and sliding Parnell in at RT. I am curious to see how this experiment goes since the O-line has struggled mightily thus far. Despite extensive playing time in the preseason, I don’t believe David Arkin to make it past week 2 with the team. He is simply overmatched in every way. Instead of paying attention to him I will focus more on the play of the back-up tackles and see if any of them (besides Parnell) have a realistic shot at making the team.
  • Last chance for the Receivers – I believe the pack has separated and the decisions have been made. Anthony Armstrong and Cole Beasley have won the last 2 WR spots on the 6-man depth chart. The other receivers are playing for a spot on the practice squad and auditioning for every other NFL team. Truth be told, I don’t want to see much on Saturday because I hope the Cowboys will be able to stash 2 or 3 on the practice squad.
  • First 53-Man Roster Projection Here – Click this link for the first 53-man roster prediction. In a couple weeks the final roster will be officially determined and with only a couple spots marginally open to competition the final roster is all but set.

Saturday 8/24

Vs Cincinnati 7pm

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