Gameday Graphic: Cowboys at Vikings

I’d say this is a must win, but honestly every game is in a 16 game season. Both teams have several important names on the injury report this week, with Brett Favre being at the top for the Vikings and Dez Bryant for the Cowboys. We all know that Tony Romo has plenty other receiving weapons to target however a broken down Brett Favre could harm the Vikings offense tremendously. And that’s just what the Cowboys need. DeMarcus Ware could have a heyday in Minnesota today.

The Cowboys matchup against the Vikings this afternoon. Television coverage begins at 3:15 Central time on FOX.

The Lone Star Struck game chat will be open all day and we invite all fans to join us as we root for the Boys and share our game thoughts. Its a great experience with fans from both sides of the ball going at it, cheering for their team. We’ve had a lot of fun and excitement in the chatroom so far this year, stop by and say hi you might find you’d like to stay a while!

Enjoy the game – GO COWBOYS!

Flashback, Cowboys vs Vikings – 1983

The Cowboys went into the Metrodome in Minnesota with a 4-0 record early in the 1983 season. In the first four games of the season the Cowboys had to come from behind to win, this game against the Vikings would be no different.

The Vikings scored in the first quarter when Vikings quarterback Steve Dils went deep to wide receiver Sammy White. Everson Walls tripped as he was covering White, which allowed him to catch a 43 yard touchdown pass giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead. The Cowboys answered the Vikings score with a Rafael Septien 45 yard field goal as the first quarter ended.

In the second quarter Steve Dils went back to Sammy White. This time White was covered by Dennis Thurman, but the result was the same as the first quarter. Another touchdown for White, this time from 36 yards out and a 14-3 Vikings lead. The Vikings would add a field goal to increase their lead to 17-3 before Cowboys quarterback Danny White recorded their first touchdown of the game.

Facing a fourth and one from the Vikings two yard line, Danny White took the ball himself and ran in for the touchdown to get the Cowboys closer, 17-10.

With 45 seconds left in the first half the Cowboys faced a third down from their own eight yard line. The exchange between center Tom Rafferty and Danny White was fumbled and the Vikings recovered at the five yard line. On the next play the Vikings Ted Brown scored and increased the Vikings lead to 24-10.

After the Vikings kicked off the Cowboys got the ball at their own 19 yard line with 40 seconds left in the half. Coach Tom Landry thought the safe thing to do was to run out the clock and regroup at halftime. 

“It looked like the best thing was to get off the field with no more points being scored,” Landry said. 

Danny White had other ideas. Landry called in a running play for Tony Dorsett, but White did not agree and changed the play in the huddle.

“I was so confident we could move the ball,” White said. “I didn’t want to sit on it.”

White called for a pass to Doug Cosbie that could have gone for big yardage, but White overthrew Cosbie. It was clear that Landry was not happy with White changing the play and called for another running play to Dorsett. 

“He was sending me a message,” White said. “Actually, I got his message when I looked over to the sideline.”

Tony Dorsett gained ten yards on the next play and it was almost like Landry realized what White wanted to do. The next four plays were passes and White completed three of them gaining 54 yards. With the Cowboys sitting at the Vikings 28 yard line Septien kicked his second 45 yard field goal to end the first half and to get the Cowboys to within 24-13.

“I like for my quarterbacks to have freedom,” Landry said. “And we did end up with three points.”

“It would have been a real mistake to run out the clock without trying to get a field goal,” White said. “There were holes all over their defense. I knew we could move the ball. Sometimes you’ve got to react as a football player and do things on instinct.”

Midway through the third quarter the Cowboys defense forced the Vikings to punt. Rod Hill returned the punt 37 yards to the Vikings 47 yard line. From there Danny White led the Cowboys to the Vikings five yard line where Ron Springs scored to make the score 24-20 Vikings.

After a Danny White interception, the Vikings found themselves at the Cowboys 47 yard line looking to increase their lead. The Cowboys decided to run their 4-0 blitz package. For those who don’t remember the Cowboys loved to run a package of four defensive linemen, no linebackers and seven defensive backs, blitzing most of their secondary. This package sometimes got the defense into trouble, but other times the defense would capitalize. In this case it would be Dennis Thurman who blitzed from the outside and was able to raise his arm to obstruct Steve Dils vision. The result was Ron Fellows stepping in front of his receiver for an interception and racing 58 yards for a touchdown. This gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game, 27-24 with a little over two minutes to go in the third quarter.

“That ball was like a Christmas present,” Fellows said. “And if it’s free, I’ll take it.”

With the Cowboys defense controlling the Vikings offense in the second half. It was time for Dorsett to take control for the Cowboys offense. On a drive that consumed over six minutes, Dorsett had runs of 21 and 25 yards. From the Vikings 11 yard line White found Drew Pearson for an insurance score that increased the Cowboys lead to 34-24.

Tony Dorsett rushed for 141 yards against the Vikings despite dealing with a bruised thigh, bruised knee, sore ribs and a cracked bone in his right wrist.

“I was running for my life. I’m banged up all over my body,” Dorsett said.

Rafael Septien added his third field goal of the game to close out the scoring and giving the Cowboys a 37-24 victory. The Cowboys outscored the Vikings 24-0 in the second half to improve their record to 5-0. 

“It’s a legitimate 5-0,” Thurman said. “We can make plays like this all year and you’ll see us 14-2 or 15-1. The guys just don’t think they can lose. It’s a feeling you get in the huddle and the locker room. When we left for the second half, we knew something would happen.”

The Cowboys would push their record to 7-0 in 1983 before losing to the LA Raiders 40-38. They would finish the season with only a 5-3 record and lose in the playoffs to the LA Rams, 24-17.

The box score can be seen here.

Wade Phillips’ Job Status Is “Absolutely Safe”

Despite the Cowboys’ woeful 1-3 start, coach Wade Phillips’ job is not in jeopardy right now. Not yet, anyway.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told NFL Network’s Albert Breer that Phillips’ job is “absolutely” safe.

“I think in our organization everybody is taking responsibility, not just Wade,” Stephen Jones said. “He does. He takes responsibility. The coaching staff takes responsibility. The players take it. We all take it.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, expressed confidence that Phillips will turn the season around.

“I’m very comfortable that we can do better,” Jerry Jones said.

Jerry Jones repeatedly has made clear this season that he supports Phillips, who has been under fire since the Cowboys’ failure to reach the playoffs in 2008, the coach’s second season in charge. Phillips was given a two-year contract extension in January after guiding the team to its second NFC East title in three seasons and first postseason win in a dozen years.

Do The Cowboys Have A Featured Running Back?

While participating in a live chat with Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News this morning, I found the following response by him to be intriguing and wanted to share them it you.

This response was in answer to a fan who wondered why the Dallas Cowboys don’t just go ahead and make Felix Jones the featured back.

I think Felix bulked up to 218 this season because he expected a heavier workload. But he had only 10 offensive touches the first game, nine the second and seven the third. He’s their best back. The more the Cowboys give him the ball, the better their chances of winning. He got 19 touches last weekend against Tennessee and rewarded the Cowboys with their first 100-yard rushing game of the season. Chris Johnson had 20 touches last week against the Cowboys and rushed for 131 yards. Johnson and Jones are similar. I think 20 touches for Jones is not unreasonable. This one is on Jason Garrett – when you have a playmaker like Jones, you have to figure out ways to put the ball in his hands.

Personally, I hate this three-headed monster situation we have at running back right now. I feel that it’s important for players to know what their role is on the team. It enables them to embrace that role and mentally prepare themselves for the game ahead.

Every week we have a new strategy at running back, and all it’s managed to do is lead us to a 1-3 record. The team is still trying to find their identity, but that becomes difficult to do when the strategies and your starters change from week to week. 

Is Felix Jones the type of back that can give you 20-25 carries a game? I think the guy’s a playmaker, but I just don’t see him as the go-to guy in short yardage situations, remember last week when he failed three times on first, second and third and goal?

Marion Barber seems to have lost a step and just isn’t as explosive as Jones. And as for Tashard Choice, he’s looked electric when he touches the ball and looks like a grinder to me, but most of his playing time comes when the game is already out of hand.

I love the idea of having an every down workhorse running back, but I’m not convinced that player is currently on our roster.

I hope Felix Jones proves me wrong.

Think What You Want, But Cowboys Are Still America’s Team

In their annual online survey of 2,620 adult sports fans in the U.S., Harris Interactive reveals that the Dallas Cowboys are ranked number one in popularity for the 2010 season.

How the teams ranked:

1. Dallas Cowboys

2. Indianapolis Colts

3. Green Bay Packers

4. Pittsburgh Steelers

5. New Orleans Saints

6. New England Patriots

7. New York Giants

8. Minnesota Vikings

9. Chicago Bears

10. Atlanta Falcons

If you think that’s a fluke… think again…

This is the fourth year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys ranked as the favorite team of adults who follow NFL football. Just check out the history of this poll dating back to 1998.

  1998 1999 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Dallas Cowboys 1 1 4 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Indianapolis Colts 23 27 23 23 11 9 3 2 3 4 2
Green Bay Packers 2 3 1 1 1 1 4 4 5 6 3
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 5 6 10 15 3 1 3 4 2 4
New Orleans Saints 24 19 25 29 30 29 31 21 17 24 5

When we say the Dallas Cowboy’s are America’s Team, we ain’t fooling around!

A Lost Team That Can’t Find Their Way

So how does a problem get corrected when no one knows what the problem is? I’ve seen the post game interviews and I’ve read the post game quotes and what I’ve come away with is that this team is lost. With a 0-2 record the Cowboys had an emotional win against the Texans two weeks ago. Then came their bye week where they had two weeks to prepare for a game at home. They came out against the Titans on Sunday looking unprepared and tired as a team.

I pulled a few quotes that stood out to me.

From Wade Phillips…

“I don’t think differently is the biggest culprit,” Phillips said. “I think certainly better. You’re always working to get better. Even the great ones always work to get better. Consistent. We’ve had some consistency as far as what we’re doing, but we’ve fallen in some areas and we’ve got to do enough to win the ballgame. That’s what we haven’t done. We’ve done a lot of things – mostly move the ball and slow them down – but it hasn’t been good enough to win.”

First thing is that the Cowboys have been playing the same way the last few years. Something is not right, so yes, things need to be done differently. The only thing consistent about the recent Cowboys teams is that they are inconsistent. When Wade says “slow them down”, who is he talking about? Did he watch the Titans game as they put 34 points on the scoreboard?

“I think we can (talking about turning the season around),” Phillips said. “I know it’s wins and losses, but you have to consider what’s going on. I think we can because of the way we’re playing. I think we’re playing tough on defense. I think our quarterback is throwing the ball well and the way we’re moving it offensively. We’re doing enough positive things for me to think it’s going to be turned around.”

Wade Phillips says the Cowboys can turn things around because of the way they are playing. What?? I have DirecTV Sunday Ticket, so maybe I was watching another game yesterday and didn’t realize it. I saw nothing positive yesterday that would make be believe that things can be turned around.

“We beat ourselves,” said Phillips, who conceded this loss was more frustrating than the previous two. “We know that. I don’t have any qualms about our heart, but our execution needs to be better.”

Ok, maybe it’s time to call some of the players out who don’t make the plays or make the stupid mistake or make the stupid penalty. Grab them by their facemask and lay into them and make them know they did something that should not be done again. Sit them down and let them think about what they have done.

From Marcus Spears…

“I wish I knew what the deal was … other than we’re just not playing well,” defensive end Marcus Spears said. “We just have to execute. We’re not doing that. We’re not making the right plays at the right time. I wish I had the answers for you. But I know we have to fix whatever the problem is.”

I will say it again. If they don’t know what the problem is, then how can it be fixed?

“The most frustrating part is that you want a team to beat you,” Spears said. “If they’re going to beat you, then you want them to beat you. I’ve said this the last four weeks. We had 12 penalties, three turnovers, gave up seven big plays and lost by a touchdown. Tell me, what team can do that in the NFL and not lose by 30?”

I’m not really sure what point Spears is trying to make here. Does saying this really make him feel better about things?

From Gerald Sensabaugh…

“We just need to make the play when it’s there,” Sensabaugh said. “That’s what we need to do. We have a lot of opportunities to make plays, and for one reason or another, it’s just not happening. I don’t know … I don’t know why it hasn’t worked out for us. But I know we need to fix it.”

Why are they not making the plays? Is it because they are not prepared? Is it because of the game plan? Sensabaugh also does not know what they problem is, but says it has it be fixed. How?

From Terence Newman…

“At this point in time, it’s not about trying to find answers,” cornerback Terence Newman said. “It’s more about trying to find the problems.”

I had to scratch my head after reading this. Then I read it about ten times and still can not make any sense out of it. What does it mean?

From Tony Romo…

“If you’re a good ballclub, you overcome penalties, you overcome tipped balls that get picked off,” Romo said. “To have that many in one game is abnormal I think, but we have to find a way to be perfect in other areas. We’re not right now, and that’s disappointing.”

Romo says they need to be perfect in other areas. Does that mean he believes he will never be able to do the same at his position?

What did I get from these quotes? The Cowboys are a lost team that has no idea what their problems are on the field, which means they have no idea how to solve them. Maybe they might string a few wins together at some point this season, but the bottom line is that if their style of play didn’t work in 2007, 2008 or 2009, why would anyone think it will work in 2010? Changes need to be made now with this team, but this coaching staff does not believe that. Chances are a new coaching staff will be hired after this season unless the Cowboys get to the Super Bowl. At this point that is not likely to happen.

Cowboys Should Save Celebrations For When Wade Phillips Is Fired

There’s a lot of things that went wrong in yesterday’s 34-27 loss to the Titans, so many in fact, that I can easily pump out a dozen blogs detailing each one of them.

But instead, let me focus on the one bone-headed play that really ticked me off the most yesterday; the excessive celebrating that led to the 15 yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff and culminate in the game winning touchdown for the Titans.

The impromptu celebrating by the usually subdued Jason Witten coupled with offensive lineman Mark Columbo joining the fray was puzzling especially when the team wasn’t even winning and hadn’t led once in the entire game at home. Actually, you will have to go all the way back to January of 2010 to find the last time the Cowboys had a lead at anytime during a home game in their new gargantuan stadium.

When Jason Witten tied the game 27-27 thanks to a tough grab-and-go that saw him grind his way into the endzone, for a brief second I looked at the scoreboard and looked at the time left on the clock, and thought hey… we could really comeback and win this thing.

However those hopes were quickly dashed as I saw Columbo take a handoff from Witten, spike the ball and flip into the endzone. That egregious decision led to a 15 yard penalty that would be assessed on the ensuing kickoff. Great I thought, now we practically put the Titans back on mid field. It would end up being much worse than that.

Why would that Cowboys touchdown prompt a celebration from an offensive lineman anyway?

It’s not like they just won the Super Bowl, heck they hadn’t even won the game or even taken a lead, it was a damned tie game!

What makes the players feel so comfortable to behave as foolishly as they often do?

Well that comes from the carefree atmosphere created by a lackadaisical coach who is a poor excuse for a leader.

What did Coach Phillips have to say about the play after the game? Here, read for your self…

“He spiked it and he got off-balance and fell down. That’s not excessive celebration, excessive clumsiness, maybe, but not excessive celebration.”

That’s a load of bull Wade and you know it. Instead of jumping up and down, tearing off your headset, and flinging your clipboard to the ground, you’re gonna stand there and tell us he fell down? Really?

The reason this team continues to execute so poorly on the field is because not only do they not have any leadership from the players, but they get absolutely none from the head coach and his staff. All this team has proven is that they can lose to any opponent no matter how bad or how good the other team is.

Whenever the Cowboys take the field, they do so with the mindset that they hope they win the game, rather than exuding with the confidence that they will win the game. This comes from the coaching staff, and the other teams can smell the fear just like a shark can sense blood in the water. 

The Cowboys tallied 133 yards in penalties on Sunday… 133 yards!

The poor decisions made by the players which have led to an NFL high in penalties year after year after year, pale in comparison to the terrible decisions made by Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett and Joe DeCamillis during every astonishing and mind-blowing loss.

Last week, Bill Parcells fired his special teams coach for a hell of a lot less than what we have seen from Joe D.’s special teams unit already this season.

Garrett should be tarred and feathered for handing the ball to Felix Jones at the goal line for no gain, not once, not twice, but three consecutive times leading to three points (barely) instead of a much needed touchdown.

What does Wade do after each of these jarring losses? Does he go to Mike Jenkins and rip into his ass and tell him to get himself straightened out or else?

Obviously he had no problem with what Columbo did even though a teary eyed Columbo apologized after the game and said he didn’t mean to hurt the team.

If the Cowboys fail to stop all these crazy mental mistakes and all their ridiculous errors how can they possibly be taken seriously as a team?

Where is the pride and professionalism that used to come with the wearing of the Dallas Cowboys uniform?

Where is the respect for the game and the fundamental grasp of how to play that is so evident in the opposition?

We need a new head coach and staff… 

This team plays no differently than it did in 2007 when Wade Phillips took over.

They make the same exact mistakes over and over again which only means that nobody is listening to Phillips or that nobody really cares. There is no message or vision that is resonating with this team. The Cowboys would perform just as badly even if they were simply coaching themselves. In many respects they already are.

The team may win a couple of more games this season, but any talk of making the playoffs is now dead in the water. That’s not me being a bad fan, it’s me dousing you with a splash of reality. They say ya gotta believe when you’re a fan, but how can I believe in a team that doesn’t even believe in themselves?

Some Days It Ain’t Easy Being a Cowboys Fan

Believe me I’m just as angry as you are. Being passionate, die-hard fans we have that right.

As I read comments and statuses around the web on Facebook and Twitter some people are threatening to jump ship. I just want to remind you all that we are Cowboys fans. We need to stand by this team through everything. They played horrible, they have so many issues its hard to list them all, but at the end of the day this is our team. Respect that.

Its going to be a long week and we are going to hear a lot of negativity. Be prepared. Keep wearing the star, and wear it proud.


Same Team, Different Season

So it’s been almost an hour since the latest embarrassment ended at Cowboys Stadium. In that time I have thought about how inconsistent this team has been the last four years, how I’m going to hear the same things in the post game interviews. The Cowboys are Inconsistent across the board when it comes to offense, defense and special teams. They just don’t seem to be getting over that hump. I won’t get into specifics of the game because I just don’t want to go through what I just watched again. Lets face it, we have watched some good games in the last few years, some good player performances, but as a whole there is something missing with this team.

I’m not a fan of changes during the season, but I think it’s time. If not now then without a doubt after the season. The problems start with coaching. Maybe Wade Phillips has lost this team. Maybe the players are just not buying into his system. There doesn’t seem to be much as far as game adjustments. Same should be said of Jason Garrett who calls some of the most head scratching plays I have ever seen. There is no discipline on this team and no identity. They always seem to be at the top of the list when it comes to penalties. It’s time for a change, now!!!

As a fan I am fed up, annoyed, frustrated, mad, confused and I think something needs to be done. I’m sure all the post game interviews will be the same from the players and the coaches, but when it comes down to it this team is 1-3 and is in last place in the NFC East. I’m tired of the excuses and the stupid clichés week in and week out. Thinks don’t get any easier with a trip to Minnesota next week and then back home against the Giants.

The 2010 season was supposed to be THE season for the Cowboys, but just like 2008 it’s turning into a major disappointment. It all comes down to inconsistent play. That one word describes the Cowboys more then any other word…Inconsistent.

I’m just tired and exhausted as a fan watching these inconsistencies week in and week out and year in and year out. It’s time for a change and that change needs to be now.

Gameday Graphic: Titans at Cowboys

We made it past the bye week, time to get back down to business. The Cowboys matchup against the Titans this afternoon. Television coverage begins at 3:15 Central time on CBS.

The all new Lone Star Struck game chat will be open all day and we invite all fans to join us as we root for the Boys and share our game thoughts. Its a great experience with fans from both sides of the ball going at it, cheering for their team.

Enjoy the game – GO COWBOYS!

Bloggers Beat: Titans Vs Cowboys (Part 2)

Yesterday I posted some questions I answered from Drexel Perry of the excellent football blog Total Titans for the upcoming game on Sunday. Today I return the favor and answer a few questions for him.

1.How does the Dallas D matchup with the Titans O? What will Dallas do to contain Chris Johnson?

The Cowboys currently have the third best rushing defense in the NFL, and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season. We’ve held some top running backs in check so far, including Arian Foster who has 537 yards rushing compared to 354 yards for Johnson. I’m more worried about your passing offense than your rushing attack.

2. What’s the word on the Cowboys special teams? Kickoffs, FGs, etc?

On returns, we are ranked #1 in punt return yardage and #5 in kick return average thanks to rookies Owusu-Ansah and Dez Bryant. The return game had been a huge problem for the Cowboys in past seasons, but that seems to be behind us now. Our place kicker David Buehler got off to a rough start in his first two games with his new role and had two costly missed field goals. However he looked sharp against the Texans after making some adjustments during practice. Special teams has struggled in covering punt returns, but are ranked third in kickoff return coverage.

3. Felix Jones or Marion Barber: Which running back should the Titans fear the most?

Jones is definitely the most elusive of the two and can beat you in so many different ways. He is expected to get more snaps this weekend according to team owner Jerry Jones and coach Phillips. Marion Barber is a bruiser, and is dangerous at goal line situations and short yardage.

4. Dez Bryant or Roy Williams: Who is the better receiver at this point in their careers?

Williams is coming off of a career game with the Cowboys, but before that, he had been widely ineffective. Dez on the other hand, is electrifying and has great hands, but still needs to learn better routes to the ball. Still, I’d put the rookie ahead of Williams just based on his ability to break the game wide open if left uncovered. He also has great breakaway speed.

5. True or false: Tony Romo will pass for at least 300 yards against the Titans on Sunday.

I’m going to say false. Although Tony Romo has averaged over 300 yards passing per game, those numbers were compiled against three very poor pass rushes. I respect the Titans pass rush and would expect them to hold Romo to about 225 passing yards on Sunday, although I hope I’m wrong.

6. I was intrigued by Parcells drafting Ware and Spears in the first round when he changed to a 3-4. Is it fair to say that Ware has exceeded expectations and Spears has failed to meet expectations?

Yes. The Cowboys were looking for an explosive playmaker on defense when they selected Spears and Ware in 2005. While Ware has become one of the most intimidating linebackers in the NFL and a quarterbacks worst nightmare, Spears has been a little under whelming at times and somewhat brittle. He does have the occasional great game, but more often than not he is simply mediocre.

7. What has happened to Witten in the last two years? Has it been more than just injuries?

Witten is still a dangerous weapon for the Cowboys and is still Tony Romo’s favorite receiver. Last season, he had 94 catches for 1,035 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Witten suffered a concussion in week two while completing a 23-yard catch and being victimized by a vicious hit by the Bears safety Chris Harris. He has drawn a lot of double coverage which was very evident last week against the Texans before he left game with a sprained MCL. However, Witten still managed to haul in seven catches for 56 yards despite playing only one half. He is listed as probable, and should be a handful for your defense on Sunday.

Bloggers Beat: Titans vs Cowboys

I asked Drexel Perry of the excellent football blog Total Titans, to answer a few questions for us as we get ready for the Titans vs Cowboys game on Sunday.

1. Last week against Denver, the Titans really struggled in the second half totaling just 46 yards on offense, going 0 for 5 on third-down conversions, and possessing the football for only 9 minutes. Will this be a big concern against a tough Cowboys defense?

In addition to the aforementioned stats, a conservative second half game plan on the offensive side of the football also contributed to the team’s meltdown against Denver.

After allowing Vince Young to throw the football more often than usual in the first half, the team reverted back to its “Chris Johnson or bust” offensive game plan that unfortunately, was foiled due to facing 8-9 men in the box.

Against the Cowboys, I’d like to see a mixture of running/passing plays in order to keep your defense honest, which hopefully, will open up some opportunities for Chris Johnson to break one or two of his trademarks big runs.

If the Titans continue the conservative brand of offensive football displayed in the 2nd half against the Broncos, I don’t think that will be enough to keep up with a Dallas Cowboy offense that’s capable of putting some points on the scoreboard.

2. What impact will the loss of your first-round draft pick DE Derrick Morgan have on the Titans defense now that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL?

Losing Morgan hurts, mostly because he was showing us steady glimpses of his vast potential.

Fortunately, he plays a position where the Titans are pretty deep. At DE, journeymen such as David Ball and Jason Babin are getting their share of sacks, and there’s also the presence of steady performers such as Jacob Ford and William Hayes.

A deep and talented defensive line should help more than compensate for Morgan’s absence for the remainder of the season.

3. Which of the Titans offensive players will give the Cowboys the most trouble this weekend?

As you probably expected, the first guy that comes to mind has to be Chris Johnson. He’s a threat to take it the distance any time he touches the football.

Outside of Johnson, WR Nate Washington has the ability to get deep if Coach Fisher allows Vince Young to take a shot or two downfield.

Speaking of Young, he’s been playing solid football as of late (sans the Steelers game). In addition to his improved passing skills, he can also beat you with his legs as a scrambler.

2nd year TE Jared Cook runs like a receiver and judging by last week’s game against Denver, the Titans are trying to incorporate him a little more into the passing attack. He could be a sleeper to make a big play or two against the Cowboys this weekend.

4. The Titans are currently 2-2 which indicates an uneven performance thus far. What is the one thing you would like to see the Titans improve on based on your observations so far this season?

I touched on it a bit earlier, so I’ll reiterate the team’s need to become a little more diverse and less conservative on offense.

Despite Chris Johnson’s talents, the offensive line has been less than stellar in providing their speedy back with a whole lot of room to operate. So the big guys up front need to step up their games individually and collectively.

Outside of those things, I’d like to see the team play with a little more discipline while cutting down on the penalties.

5. Get out your crystal ball and tell me what you think Sunday’s outcome will be? As for myself I’m giving this one to the Cowboys by a score of 24-13. What say ye?

Traveling to Texas to face a seemingly rejuvenated and well-rested Cowboy team is going to be a touch challenge for the Titans this weekend.

This wishful thinking side of me thinks the Titans can pull out a close one…something along the lines of a 20-17 victory.

My head tells me that despite their efforts, the Titans will come up short…let’s say 23-16.