The (2-2) Titans roll into Dallas to face the (1-2) Cowboys this Sunday. It’s another early game in the season that the Cowboys need to win, however, with the division faltering and each team having lost 2 games it isn’t quite in the must win category as was the game against the Texans.
So how will the Cowboys react to this easing pressure in the division? Will they grab the opportunity and run with it? Or will they return to their lackadaisical nature, which seems to mirror their coach’s demeanor?
The team always seems to take opportunities like this and, where other teams would feel empowered at this chance to dig in and rise to the occasion, they seem to feel entitled.
Hopefully, the Boys will see that the Titans are no pushover, though they are very beatable. Dallas has superior firepower, save in the run game, over Tennessee and should be able to come out with a win. The key to the game, of course, is to stop number 28, Chris Johnson, and force the Titans woeful passing game to try and beat them. If they can do that then Dallas will have the clear advantage in the game.
Dallas will need to put the ball in Vince Young’s hands, who has had a very sub-par start to the season in terms of throwing the ball. Tennessee, also has yet to have a true number 1 receiver step up this season and will likely struggle against Dallas’ secondary. However, Dallas cannot forget about the mobility of Young outside of the pocket and will look to contain Young in the pocket where he has been terrible.
On the offensive side, the Cowboys will need to stick to their split of running and throwing the ball in order to keep the chains moving and keep Chris Johnson off the field. Tennessee in coming in with a tough defense that would probably be ranked higher had the Giants and Broncos not thrown for a ton of yards towards the end of each of those games.
Having the bye early has been perfect for the Cowboys, with skill players getting some rest for some nagging injuries. Most importantly, the O-line will be healthy and ready to go for Sunday which will be important with the Titans coming in tied for most sacks in the league with 16. Dallas’ line has only given up 1 sack all season, so the battle in the trenches will be played with the Cowboy’s starters.
If Roy Williams can continue his play the Cowboys will be boasting one of the best looking receiving cores in the league with 3 legitimate threats at the position. Dez Bryant is getting better each week, and Tony Romo is starting to spread the ball around. The team could emerge as one of the most dangerous aerial attacks in the league.
The Cowboys will win this game this week because they are at home, and because they just have more talent, but the team needs to stay focused and start to gel if they are going to take the reigns in their division.
Cowboys 24 Tennessee 14
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Written by David Willow
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