Jim Wyatt, SENIOR WRITER/EDITOR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night at AT&T Stadium.
Here’s a look at the Cowboys:
Last game: Lost at Washington, 20-17.
Points for/against: 20.0 ppg/17.6 ppg.
Offense: 28th overall, 320.0 ypg (4th rushing, 28th passing).
Defense: 3rd overall, 313.7 ypg (9th rushing, 4th passing).
Head coach: Jason Garrett.
QB: Dak Prescott (128-of-206, 1,417 yards, 8 TD, 4 INT, 87.4 rating).
Top RBs: Ezekiel Elliott (132 rush, 619 yards, 3 TDs), Prescott (40 rush, 236 yards, 1 TD).
Top WRs: Amari Cooper (22 catches, 280 yards, 1 TD), Cole Beasley (33 catches, 350 yards, 2 TDs), Allen Hurns (13 catches, 158 yards, 1 TD).
TE: Geoff Swaim (19 catches 205 yards, 1 TD).
Sacks: DE DeMarcus Lawrence (5.5).
Leading tackler: LB Leighton Vander Esch (65).
Interceptions: SS Jeff Heath (1), FS Xavier Woods (1).
Kicker: Brett Maher (16-18 FGs).
Punter: Chris Jones (44.5 net).
Last meeting: September 14, 2014: Cowboys 26, Titans 10.
-Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods played with the Titans after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2016.
-Cowboys center Joe Looney played for the Titans in 2015.
-Cowboys guard Xavier Su’a-Filo spent 2018 training camp with the Titans.
-Cowboys defensive assistant Ken Amato played long snapper for the Titans from 2003-2011.
-Cowboys assistant special teams coach Doug Colman spent the 1999 season with the Titans, and was one of the 11 players on the field for the Music City Miracle.
-WR Tavon Austin (Groin)
-DE Randy Gregory (Knee)
-G Zack Martin (Knee)
-TE Geoff Swaim (Knee)
-LB Joe Thomas (Foot)
-DL David Irving (Ankle)
-CB Chidobe Awuzie (Anke)
Titans coach Mike Vrabel on what jumps out on film when watching the Cowboys:
“Well, they’re No. (3) in defense. They’ve got a great defensive line. They’ve got guys that are long on the edges that are active. They’ve got a unique three-technique, who is very long. He’s not a big, powerful guy per se, from a 320-pounder, like some of the guys that we’ve played. But, he’s got great length, he spins, he’s a unique skillset in (Tyrone) Crawford. (David) Irving is tough to handle. Woodsy (Antwaun Woods) is playing good for them, he’s playing tough in there. Taco Charlton, and obviously Demarcus Lawrence, he’s great. They’ve got great linebackers, good scheme, sound scheme, so it’s going to be a challenge. They’re second in the league in defense, and scoring, and they’re really good in the red zone.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota:
“I think he is a really talented football player. Obviously, he was a great college player and was drafted high, and I think you see all the reasons why every time he goes and plays. He’s a fantastic athlete, makes so many plays with his feet. He’s a very calm and composed player, and handles a lot of different situations very well, both in the pocket, when he’s out on the move. He can throw wherever he needs to throw it. He’s a big-time player and challenge every time the ball snaps.”