Titans and Cowboys Need a Win Tonight
The Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys will battle on Monday when they at AT&T Stadium. These teams have yet to find themselves this year and are in dire need to do so.
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE: Cowboys -4.5. O/U: 40.
The Cowboys and Titans each have the luxury of playing in terrible divisions. Both teams are in danger of falling too far back in the playoff pictures with another loss. The Titans and Cowboys also own identical 3-4 records while coming off a loss and a bye heading into Monday night's clash.
Dallas (17.6) and Tennessee (18.1) rank second and third, respectively, in the NFL in points allowed.
The game will mark the Cowboys debut of wide receiver Amari Cooper. He was acquired from Oakland for a first-round draft pick to put some go-go juice in Dallas' struggling offense.
"He's electrifying. He's one of those guys you hold your breath every time he catches the ball," running back Ezekiel Elliott told reporters regarding Cooper. "He's a great addition to this offense and I'm excited."
Titans and Cowboys Look to Prove Something After Bye Week
The bye week couldn't have come soon enough for Tennessee. They followed a three-game winning streak by scoring a total of 31 points during a three-game slide that includes a pair of one-point defeats.
Marcus Mariota injured his elbow in the season opener. He has been dealing with numbness in his throwing hand, but he finally was able to discard the glove he's been wearing since getting hurt.
That, and the loss the of tight end Delanie Walker to a season-ending injury in Week 1, has contributed to Mariota's woes. He has thrown three touchdown passes and five interceptions while being held to 129 yards or fewer in four of his six games.
Mariota has thrown 24 TD passes and seven interceptions in his last 12 games versus NFC opponents.
The running back tandem of Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry also has struggled. Lewis gained 155 yards from scrimmage in Tennessee's last contest it has been an aberration.
The Titans rank 19th in the league against the run, permitting 112.3 yards per game.
The Cowboys have been hurt by the offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. The losses have grounded Dallas' aerial attack. That prompted the move to bring in Cooper to jump-start a passing offense ranked 29th in the NFL at 183.1 yards per game.
Whether Cooper is the answer for Dak Prescott remains to be seen. The former No. 4 overall pick had 48 receptions and seven touchdowns last season. He brought in 22 catches and one score for the Raiders this year before the trade.
The Cowboys have the league's fourth-ranked ground game thanks to Elliott. He is second in the NFL in rushing with 619 yards and has three 100-yard performances.
Dallas ranks third overall in total defense (313.7) and against the pass (217.4).
DE Demarcus Lawrence has registered seven sacks in his last five home contests.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 23, Titans 17
NFL Betting Odds and Trends
Team record: 3-4 SU,4-3 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Tennessee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tennessee's last 6 games
Tennessee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Team record: 3-4 SU,3-4 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Dallas's last 11 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee
Tennessee home to New England Sunday, November 11
Dallas at Philadelphia Sunday, November 11
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