This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup features the Dallas Cowboys against the Tennessee Titans. Here is a look at what fans can expect in this inter-conference battle.
Cowboys Still Aiming For Division Title
The Dallas Cowboys are still on a high after their win over NFC East-leading Philadelphia. They’re 11-4 and two games behind the Eagles in the division.
The only chance they have to win the division is if they win their final two games and Philadelphia loses its last two against the Saints and Giants. However, the Cowboys have already clinched a Wild Card position for the postseason.
Dallas is 16th in the NFL in passing offense with 222.9 yards per game and is one of the top rushing teams in the league with 143.1 yards per game. They also rank near the top of the league in scoring offense.
Their 28.9 points per game are third-best in the NFL, and they are giving up just 20.2 points per contest. The Cowboys will try to improve their 3-3 road record as the playoffs approach.
The difference in this game for the Cowboys will be their production on offense. The Titans are one of the best defenses in the league against the rush. However, Dak Prescott should be able to throw the ball downfield if Tennessee bottles up their running game.
Dallas has too many options on offense for the Titans to deal with and should have a great day against their depleted defense. The Cowboys are also focused on getting two more wins and possibly a division title and won’t let Tennessee get in their way.
Titans’ Epic Collapse Continues
The Titans were 7-3 and the top seed in the AFC playoff race at one point this season. All they needed to do was win a couple more games to wrap up the title in a weak AFC South Division.
Unfortunately, Tennessee has lost five straight games since then and has given up the big lead they once had in the standings. They’re tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for first in the division with a 7-8 record and will face them on the road next week to decide the division winner.
Last week, Tennessee hit its lowest point when they were defeated at home against the Houston Texans 19-14, which was their second win of the season. The Titans turned the ball over twice on their final two possessions and gave up the deciding touchdown with just under three minutes to play.
They had three turnovers on the day as Malik Willis threw for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Derrick Henry had a 48-yard touchdown for the game’s first score, but Houston shut out their offense 10-0 in the fourth quarter.
Nothing indicates Tennessee will play any better than they did last week. Their offense has stopped producing and is now ranked 30th in the league in passing offense with 168.6 yards per game and is last in total yards with 294.4 per game.
Willis struggled the entire game against Houston and will do the same this week against the Cowboys’ sixth-ranked scoring defense. Derrick Henry is also listed as doubtful for tonight’s game with a hip injury and probably won’t suit up for the contest.
Dallas will dominate this matchup for an easy road win.