The 3-4 Tennessee Titans will travel to Dallas to take on the 3-4 Cowboys in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams are coming off bye weeks but suffered defeats in their last game. Tennessee lost their third in a row when they fell at home to the Los Angeles Chargers 20-19. Thanks to a 3 -1 start to the season, the Titans find themselves in second place in the NFC south, despite the losing streak. Dallas lost on the road to the Washington Redskins 20-17. After a 5-yard illegal snap penalty, Brett Maher missed a 52-yard field goal, which would have tied the game with a minute remaining.
The Titans missed a 2-point conversion against the Chargers, which would have probably sent the game into overtime as there were only 31 seconds remaining. Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 237 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception finishing with a passer rating of 92.8. His favorite target was Tajae Sharp who had 7 catches for 101 yards. They had success running the ball gaining 164 yards on 33 carries for an average of 5 yards per run. For the year, their offense ranks 31st in the league with just 15.1 points per game. Defensively, They did not force a turnover but did sack Philip Rivers twice. They stopped the Chargers run game as they allowed just 47 yards on 16 carries, which is an average of just 2.9 yards per game. For the season, the Titans defense has allowed their opponents to average 18 points and 350.7 yards per game.
Dak Prescott had 2 important turnovers against the Redskins as both of his fumbles led directly to touchdowns. Besides those two plays, he completed 22 of 35 passes for 273 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Cole Beasley was his favorite target as he caught 7 passes for 56 yards. They gained 73 yards on the ground on 22 carries. Defensively, they did not force a turnover and sacked Alex Smith just once. They gave up 130 rushing yards on 32 carries, which is over 4 yards per run. DeMarcus Lawrence had a nice game as he had 7 tackles including 4 that went for losses. So far this season, the Cowboys defense has allowed their opponents to average 17.6 points and 339 yards per game.
Dallas will have home field advantage and that is a good thing, as they are 0-4 on the road but have yet to lose at home. They have gone 3-4 against the spread so far including 2-1 at AT&T Stadium. The Titans have gone 4-3 against the spread including 2-2 on the road. Prescott has only thrown 8 touchdown passes all year, but Elliott ranks third in the league with 88.4 rushing yards per game. Mariota has thrown just three touchdown passes this year and has actually thrown more interceptions with 5. Each team is coming off 2 weeks of rest and will be well prepared.