5 Stories for Cowboys & Titans

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While most of Cowboys Nation was enjoying the holiday weekend with family and friends, the Cowboys were hard at work battling the divisional rival Eagles. With the stunning 40-34 victory, Dallas kept alive any slim hopes of capturing the NFC East crown behind Dak Prescott’s three touchdowns, two of which went to CeeDee Lamb along with his 120 yards on 10 catches and four turnovers. defense forces.

Now, the Cowboys will turn their attention to the tottering Tennessee Titans in a short week on Thursday Night Football in Nashville. The Titans, losing five straight games, are coming off perhaps their most disheartening loss of the season to the Texans at home. At 7-8, they are in a fight for the top spot in the AFC South with a rising Jacksonville Jaguars in hot pursuit.

Week 17 of Music City, start drumming and guitar playing. Here are the five Cowboys and Titans stories.

cowboys:

  • It was no secret that Dak Prescott had been struggling with interceptions since returning to the field this season, and Saturday against the Eagles didn’t get off to a good start. But after throwing a first-drive pick-six, Prescott was sensational the rest of the way with 347 passing yards, including converting third-and-30 for 52 yards to TY Hilton in the bottom of the fourth to set up the tying score for Lamb. , and going 16-16 after the interception.
  • While Hilton’s only catch of the game was the biggest catch of the game, the veteran catcher proved his worth in other ways in his first start for the Cowboys. Hilton tied a crucial illegal contact play against Darius Slay on fourth and 8 in the second quarter to help continue the drive that culminated in a 36-yard score to Lamb.
  • After a scary car accident on Thursday, defensive rookie Sam Williams is set to play against the Titans this week. The Cowboys held Williams against the Eagles out of caution with a neck strain and concussion. The Ole Miss product has been a valuable piece of the Cowboys defense with 20 tackles, three sacks, a force fumble and three recoveries.
  • The Cowboys’ secondary has been a sticking point for the past few weeks due to injuries sustained and the uncertainty surrounding it. While Trevon Diggs didn’t have his best game against the Eagles, rookie DaRon Bland remains an emerging force after collecting his fifth team-leading interception while playing slot corner and out. Nahshon Wright had a career day as the third corner, racking up eight tackles, one of which was for a loss, and two pass breakups.
  • Thursday will mark the Cowboys’ first trip to Nashville since 2014, which resulted in a 26-10 victory. DeMarco Murray rushed for 167 yards and a score, while Dez Bryant had 103 yards on 10 catches and a touchdown. These two last met in 2018 in Dallas, with the Titans winning 28-14.

Titans:

  • Despite their brutal run last month, the Titans still remain in the hunt for first place in the AFC South, with the Jaguars on a three-game winning streak tied with Tennessee. This sets the Titans up for a potential winner-all matchup in Week 18 in Tennessee for the division title. The way tiebreakers go down makes Thursday’s game against the Cowboys meaningless for postseason fate. Either way, whether the Titans win or lose, or the Jags win or lose, it all comes down to next week’s game. That said, expect the Titans to play smart in regards to playing or resting key players.
  • The Titans held a 14-10 fourth-quarter lead against the Texans on Sunday, but a late Davis Mills touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks nearly sealed Houston’s second win of the season. With Ryan Tannehill battling an ankle injury, rookie Malik Willis started, passing for just 99 yards and two interceptions with 43 rushing yards and a score on the ground. Derrick Henry did what he does, rushing for 126 yards and a touchdown, but also a fumble.
  • The quarterback situation for the Titans took an interesting turn just two weeks ago against the Chargers, with Tannehill injuring his ankle and handing the reins to rookie Willis. While the former hopes to return in Week 18 against the Jaguars, he likely won’t face the Cowboys on Thursday. This allows Wills to make another start while waiting for better results. In eight games this season, the Liberty product passed for just 276 yards and no touchdowns while taking 10 sacks. In the rushing game, he accumulated 123 yards and a score with two fumbles lost.
  • After missing most of 2021 due to injuries, Henry has returned to his typical form and has reasserted himself in conversation as the best running back in the NFL. He’s fast approaching the 1,500-yard limit, averaging just 95 yards per game. Additionally, Henry has been the last straw stirring up the Titans’ offensive drink with 13 touchdowns of his 30 touchdowns this season.
  • Injuries have certainly contributed to the Titans’ inconsistent play this season, but the defense has had a Jekyll and Hyde quality about them in 15 games. Tennessee is one of the toughest teams to tackle, ranking second in rushing yards allowed per game. The passing game is the opposite story, coughing up nearly 280 yards per game, good for 31st in the league.
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