I think today is strictly a ratings decision. Ch26 assumes that a noon NFC game will have higher ratings than (the only) 3pm NFC game against the Texans.
The draw at noon is the Saints - not the Jets, Jaguars or Bears. There's the consideration of all the refugees from n.o., but that's for another forum. Which will be a better game? Don't care.
I'm a native Houstonian. My dad, a very long time Houstonian and a Cowboys fan from day one, would take us out of town so that he/we could watch Cowboys games in the 70s/80s. Generally it was to College Station - yes, we're an Aggie family too, so we're not all that bad.
As I have done in recent years, I'll look for an online stream of the Cowboys game and watch it that way.
Blackouts and over-restrictive territories punish fans. Heh, it's ridiculous that they (the NFL & McNair) still don't even allow radio coverage of the Cowboys in Houston.
There's no way I'd ever convert to an Oilers, Titans or Texans fan. Just like you couldn't covert me to be a teasip!
But today I do blame Ch26, just as I blamed Ch11 when they had the NFC.
If only we could pick up the Fox Victoria affiliate...