Cowboys vs. Titans: Some Notes On The Game

The bye week is over, and my brief vacation from the blog is over. I'm back to regular blogging, and the Dallas Cowboys will be back to practicing, and come this weekend, they'll be back to playing. A game against Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans is in the offing. The good news for the Cowboys is that they have a chance to walk away from the quarter-pole of the season with a 2-2 record, and while that doesn't exactly sound like something to celebrate, after the abysmal 0-2 start, that would be an achievement. More good news - the rest of the NFC East is not too far ahead. While the Cowboys reside in the basement at 1-2, the rest of the division is stuck at the mediocre 2-2 mark, meaning the division is still anybody's to be had.

The next step to redeeming the season is to beat the schizophrenic Titans. Tennessee is having it's own struggles, they've lost rookie first-round pick DE Derrick Morgan to an ACL tear, their defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil was just fined $40,000 for flipping officials the bird in last week's game, and the Broncos accused the Titans of playing dirty in the same game. Not to mention a couple of weeks ago they benched QB Vince Young for part of a game. Even super-RB Chris Johnson has had some uneven games this year.

The Cowboys have a real opportunity to get some momentum going on the 2010 season. A win over the Titans, following on the Texans' win, would just about erase the ill-feelings left behind from the mistake-filled 0-2 start. Opportunity is knocking Dallas, try to take advantage.

Notes on the teams and the game after the jump...

 

 

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-2) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (1-2)

SERIES

 

TITANS

COWBOYS

SERIES LEADER

7-5

 

STREAKS

 

3 of past 5

COACHES VS. OPP.

Fisher: 2-2

Phillips: 1-1

LAST WEEK

L 26-20 vs. Broncos

Bye (Wk. 3: W 27-13 at Texans)

LAST GAME

10/1/06: Cowboys 45 at Titans 14.  Dallas RB Julius Jones rushes for 122 yards & 1 TD while WR Terry Glenn catches 5 passes for 54 yards & 2 TDs as Cowboys win. 

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/15/02: Cowboys 21, Titans 13.  Dallas QB Quincy Carter throws for 244 yards & 2 TDs.  WR Joey Galloway adds 88 receiving yards & 1 TD.

BROADCAST

CBS (3:15 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  SIRIUS: 125 (Dal.).  XM: 102 (Dal.).

STATS

PASSING

Young: 47-71-511-4-2-94.3

Romo: 88-128-940-4-2-93.9

RUSHING

C. Johnson: 94-354-3.8-4 (T1L)

Barber: 36-125-3.5-1

RECEIVING

Washington: 14-194-13.9-2

Austin: 22-308 (3C)-14.0-1

OFFENSE

285.5

391.7 (1C)

TAKE/GIVE

-3

-1

DEFENSE

302.8

299.3 (3C)

SACKS

Ball: 4.5 (3C)

Ware: 4 (T2C)

INTs

4 tied: 1

McCray, Jenkins: 1

PUNTING

Kern: 45.2

McBriar: 43.5

KICKING

Bironas: 28 (10/10 PAT; 6/7 FG)

Buehler: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/6 FG)

NOTES

TITANS:  Club aims for 11th consecutive win against NFC…As starter vs. NFC, QB VINCE YOUNG has 11-2 record.  In past 2 in ’10, Young has completed 27 of 44 passes (61.4 pct.) for 291 yards w/2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 95.9 passer rating.  Aims for 6th consecutive game with 60+ comp. pct…RB CHRIS JOHNSON aims for 7th consecutive 100-yard rush game on road & is averaging 131 rush yards per game during streak (786 total in 6 games).  For career, Johnson averages 105.3 rush yards per game vs. NFC (948 total in 9 games).  RB JAVON RINGER averages 7.6 yards per carry in ’10 (15 att., 114 yards)…WR KENNY BRITT averages 20.3 yards per catch vs. NFC in career (12 rec., 243 yards).  Britt aims for 3rd consecutive game w/TD catch…Young, S MICHAEL GRIFFIN, FB AHMARD HALL, & TE BO SCAIFE attended Univ. of Texas.  Griffin had 1st INT of season last week…Defense is tied for 1st in NFL w/16 sacks…DE JASON BABIN (3.5) needs 2 sacks to surpass career-high of 5 in ’06 with Texans…DE DAVE BALL aims for 4th straight game w/sack & needs 0.5 sack to surpass career-high of 4.5 in ’08

COWBOYS:  QB TONY ROMO aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with 100+ rating.  In past 4 vs. AFC, has completed 80 of 123 (65 pct.) for 1,193 yards with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.4 rating.  Incl. playoffs, Cowboys are 28-5 (.848) when Romo starts & has 100+ rating…RB MARION BARBER rushed for TD in only meeting.  Incl. playoffs, RB FELIX JONES has 8 career TDs (7 rush, 1 KR) & averages 47.1 yards per TD (377 yards)…WR MILES AUSTIN averaging 102.7 rec. yards per game.  Has 25 catches for 486 yards (121.5 per game) & 4 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC.  WR ROY WILLIAMS had 5 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3.  TE JASON WITTEN has 4+ catches in 13 in row at home (incl. playoffs).  Rookie WR-PR DEZ BRYANT (1st round) has 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 career games.  Averages 17.8 yards per PR, 3rd in NFL…LB DE MARCUS WARE tied career-high with 3 sacks in Week 3.  Has 13.5 sacks in past 14 vs. AFC & has sack in 10 of those 14.  Has 60.5 sacks since 2006, most in NFL.  LB BRADIE JAMES had INT-TD vs. Ten. (10/1/06).  Club has won 9 of past 10 when CB TERENCE NEWMAN has INT.

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