The Dallas Cowboys did what a good team playing on the road against a bad team should do, destroy them. After a slow start, where the Titans picked off Drew Bledsoe and turned it in to a FG, the Cowboys went on to rout the Tennessee Titans 45-14. After a 14-6 halftime lead that could have been more, the Cowboys ran away with it in the second half. Terry Glenn scored the first two Dallas TD's and ended the game with 5 catches for 54 yards. Terrell Owens chipped in with 5 catches for 88 yards. The running game came through in a big way for Dallas, Julius Jones had 22 carries for 122 yards and a TD while Marion Barber ran 9 times for 55 yards and a TD. Even seldom-used Tyson Thompson got 5 carries for 18 yards and one TD.
Drew Bledsoe made a big mistake early, but settled in nicely after that and finished 13 of 20 for 179 yards, 2 TD's and 1 INT. Bledsoe spent most of the second half handing the ball off as the Dallas running game began to dominate the game. But the guys who made it all work were the offensive line, who followed up their game against Washington with another outstanding effort. Bledsoe wasn't sacked on the afternoon and was rarely in trouble in the pocket. JJ and MB3 had their way with a defense that couldn't stand up to the Cowboys maulers up front.
In an embarrassing and despicable display of how badly the Tennessee defense was getting beat, DT Albert Haynesworth drove his cleat into the head of Andre Gurode while Gurode was on the ground without a helmet. Haynesworth was just beaten by a Gurode block and JJ ran right through the hole for a TD. Replays showed Haynesworth with a definitive cleat to Gurode's forehead and giving Gurode a cut that required 30 stitches. Expect severe punishment to come down from the NFL front office.
The Dallas defense struggled to control the Titans running game in the first half. Chris Brown and LenDale White repeatedly gouged the Dallas run defense and the Titans were able to make a game of it in the first half. The Cowboys defense tightened up in the second half to shut the Titans down. Aaron Glenn got an interception, Bradie James had an INT that he returned for a short TD, and Al Singleton tracked down Vince Young from behind and stipped the ball, safety Pat Watkins returned it 69 yards to set up a late TD by Tyson Thompson.
The Dallas offense put up 38 points (the defense got the other 7) and had 396 net yards. The passing game was dominant in the first half, and then the running game took over in the second half. That just how Parcells wants to play games this year. The defense limited the Titans to 229 yards, and got 3 turnovers, 2 sacks and tackled Vince Young behind the line on several running plays. In fact, Young's mobility wasn't much of a factor in scrambling for yards. The Dallas front seven sacrificed the sacks to stay in their rushing lanes and keep Young contained.
Mike Vanderjagt missed a chip-shot FG, and had several short kickoffs. As the game wore on, he actually started to get deeper kicks. He hit a 43-yard FG and all 6 extra points, but that one miss and the short early kickoffs will give Parcells something to think about again this week.
Overall, a very good win for Dallas on the road. Heck, it was so good that Tony Romo even got to play a couple of series.