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The Cowboys have consistently applied pressure, but have only two sacks. They’re still seeking their first turnover.

Perhaps the best way to slow Houston’s passing game is getting to the triggerman, quarterback Matt Schaub.

He’s already been sacked seven times. His protection weakened this week with starting left tackle Duane Brown getting suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Still, with weapons such as Foster and Johnson, he’s able to keep defenses guessing. Foster’s emergence also has made Houston’s play-action passing more effective.

The Texans also do a good job moving Johnson all over the field. After watching the Chicago video, Houston coach Gary Kubiak may have a few more ideas.

The Cowboys rarely use one cornerback to shadow a receiver. Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins, who were both Pro Bowlers last year, will just have to be ready whenever Johnson comes their way.

Jenkins made several nice plays to break up passes against Washington. Against Chicago, he was beaten on the 59-yarder, then bruised a knee trying to make one of the failed tackles on Hester. He’s been limited in practice this week, but “he wasn’t limping,” Phillips said.

Then again, against a guy such as Johnson, everyone has to help.

“He’s in that discussion as far as being one of the best in this league,” linebacker Keith Brooking said. “What we’re focused on is keeping him in front of us and not allowing that big play to take place.”