The Tennessee Titans came up with a huge road victory as they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 34-27.
Chris Johnson took advantage of some additional running space (thanks to some downfield passing) as he ended up with 131 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, despite giving up over 400 passing yards to Tony Romo, the Titans were able to force the Cowboy signal-caller into three costly interceptions while also sacking him on six occasions.
Additional thoughts on the Titans' impressive victory...after the jump.
It's Sunday afternoon, and the inactives for the Titans-Cowboys game are out.
LB Rennie Curran, WR Justin Gage, G Leroy Harris, S Robert Johnson, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, CB Jason McCourty, G/T Mike Otto, QB Rusty Smith (#3 QB)
Gage and Marks weren't expected to play, so new acquisition Amon Gordon slots into the rotation at defensive tackle, I'd assume. Kenny Britt gets the start for Justin Gage, and Lavelle Hawkins makes his season debut. Leroy Harris being out is not a huge surprise; Fernando Velasco starts at left guard for him. With Jamie Winborn being axed yesterday, Gerald McRath returns to the starting lineup.
OT Robert Brewster, C Phil Costa, FB Chris Gronkowski, S Michael Hamlin, DE Sean Lissemore, QB Stephen McGee (#3 QB), LB Brandon Williams, OT Sam Young
No unexpected names here. Gronkowski was questionable and isn't necessary, so he's out, while probables Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Kyle Kosier are all playing.
Feel free to leave your comments here during today's game.
As promised, it's a detailed look at Alterraun Verner's first start as an NFL cornerback last Sunday against the Broncos.
The usual disclaimers about judging a player off TV tape apply with unusual force here. My least favorite things to judge off a television broadcast are (1) safeties, since half the time you can't see them when they line up, and their assignments can vary so much from play to play; (2) offensive linemen and creating holes, since the low sideline angle commonly used on NFL broadcasts does a horrible job of showing what's really open; and (3) cornerbacks, because their assignments vary, though not quite as much as safeties' do, you frequently only see the start of the play and the end of the play they're involved in, and you don't see what they do if the ball isn't actually thrown their way. That said, on with the show.
The Tennessee Titans (2-2) will look to rebound from last week's home loss to the Broncos as they travel to Texas this week for a visit to the 1-2 Dallas Cowboys in a game that will be shown to most of the country.
Both teams will be looking to continue their winning ways in interconference play this year. The Titans beat the Giants, 29-10 in their first visit to a new NFC East stadium. The Cowboys, meanwhile, obtained their only win this season two weeks ago in Reliant Stadium, toppling the Texans 24-7 before enjoying last week's bye.
Some keys to the game after the jump...
During the second portion of the weekly Q&A, Total Titans will ask the questions with Lone Star Struck providing some insight about the Cowboys through their informative answers.
Up next, part II of this week's Q&A.
As I mentioned earlier this week, in preparation for the upcoming Tennessee Titans/Dallas Cowboys tussle in Texas, Total Titans will be conducting a question and answer exchange with Cowboys fan site Lone Star Struck.
In the first installment of the Q&A exchange, I answered their questions regarding this week's matchup.
Part I of this week's Q&A...after the jump.