Titans 34, Cowboys 27

How  ’bout dem Titans!

This special edition of the Titans Tracker post-game summary will feature no discussion of:

  • How Fisherball kept this game closer than necessary
  • How the Titans’ gave up over 300 yards passing for the 3rd game in a row
  • How putting Ryan Mouton on the field is always a risky proposition

No, this is an all-praise, all-game ball edition as Titans Tracker celebrates a huge victory as the talented Dallas Cowboys could not overcome the savvy, scrappy Tennessee Titans.

Game balls go to:

Mike Heimerdinger
For the first quarter and a half of the Titans-Cowboys game, Tennessee’s offense played like an NFL offense should play in 2010. Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger called passing plays early and often, and Vince Young delivered (with a little luck) by throwing 2 first half touchdown passes.

Titans Defensive Line
Much was made of the fact that Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had only been sacked once this season. Tennessee’s front four reversed this trend in a big way. Jason Jones and Jason Babin had 2 sacks each. Tony Brown had one.

Alterraun Verner
Rookie cornerback Alterraun Verner may be the most beloved player on the Titans defense. Verner’s intelligence and toughness served him well as he made a great 4th quarter interception and run to the Titans 1-yard line. Chris Johnson scored on the very next play to give Tennessee a 27-20 lead.

Welcome back to the 100-yard club! Chris Johnson scored twice and ran for 131 yards on 19 carries.

Stephen Tulloch
Tulloch’s game was far from perfect, but he gave great effort all day. He made 8 tackles, 5 assists, and caught Tony Romo’s final interception of the game to seal the victory.

Number 10 had a big day on 10/10/10. His statistics do not reflect the importance of his contribution to the win. He completed less than 50 percent of his passes, but his completions led to points, he threw two touchdown passes, and he did not commit any turnovers.

Marc Mariani
Mariani helped the Titans capitalize on the biggest mistake the Cowboys made. After Cowboys left tackle Marc Columbo was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after a Jason Witten touchdown catch, Dallas kicked off to Mariani from their own 15-yard line. Mariani returned the kickoff 73 yards. Three plays later, CJ2K scored the game-winning touchdown.

Jeff Fisher
Fisher led Tennessee to a big victory, so kudos to the coach for helping the Titans bounce back from the disappointing Broncos loss and for preparing his team to compete on the road against a highly-talented opponent.

Next Week: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars, given up for dead by most prognosticators and mocked for drafting defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in April, find themselves 3-2 going into next Monday night’s game against Tennessee. The fact that Jacksonville defeated the Indianapolis Colts is reason enough for the Titans to take the Jaguars very seriously.

Tennessee’s pass defense should not give up a 300-yard game to David Garrard, but if it does, Heimerdinger’s balance playcalling may be enough to help the offense score enough points to win.

Go Titans!


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