Justin Gage’s 17-yard touchdown reception from Kerry Collins gave the Titans a 10-7 lead in the second quarter.
By Chris Lambos
If you happened to miss this game, you did not miss much – unless of course you are a Cowboys fan.
Dallas faithful got their first glimpse of the franchise’s new $1.5 Billion abode in Arlington, TX. as the Dallas Cowboys handed the Tennessee Titans a 30-10 loss – their first of the preseason.
The Titans never could get their running game in gear in the first half with the Chris Johnson/LenDale White tandem. Both combined for a dismal 7 yards on 4 carries – shades of last week’s performance against Tampa Bay.
Collins seemed to improve a bit from 7 days ago completing 8 of 11 for 55 yards and a TD. But enduring two ‘3 and outs’ in the first three possessions left some Titans fans fumbling for their TV Guides.
The defense did not help matters, giving up 460 yards of Cowboys Stadium real estate. There were many missed tackles and a few interference calls that helped set up at least 2 Dallas scores that I counted.
Before the Titans starters (both offense and defense) had left the field, the game was surprisingly close at 14-7. Even after three quarters, the score was only 14-10. But Dallas RB Felix Jones and undrafted rookie Kevin Ogletree helped Dallas add 16 points in the final quarter.
The only negative note of the night for the Cowboys (other than a few unsportsmanlike calls) is that Rookie OLB Brandon Williams is out for the year with a torn ACL he sustained in the second half of the game. Williams was drafted in hopes of filling the shoes of departed 12-year veteran Greg Ellis. Another LB went down for the Dallas leaving the team thin at that position.
Vince Young missed a wide open Kenny Britt that would have equaled six points, capping off a lackluster 3 or 9 for 33 yards (1 int.) perfromance. Third stringer Patrick Ramsey was tackled for a Safety and fared about as bad as Young statistically – completing 3 or 10 for 52 yards.
So what can we take from this preseason game?
1) Dallas will most likely end up in the NFC Championship game.
2) Jeff Fisher will be going back over tackling fundamentals with his defense this week in practice.
3) RB Chris Henry will not be around much longer as Michigan State Rookie Javon Ringer garners more playing time behind Johnson and White.
4) Ringer will undoubtedly play a major role in the return game this season.
On a scale from 0 to 10, I give the Titans a 5 in Arlington.
TITANS PLAY OF THE GAME: Punter A. J. Trapasso hits one of the new 60-yard long state-of-the-art High Definition video minitors on a 3rd Qtr, punt.