By Karen Christensen // @ksc47
Titans 28 – Cowboys 14
The game in Dallas started out rather rocky for Titans fans. A fumble and a turn over by quarterback Marcus Mariota in the first quarter set up Dallas for an easy score by new Cowboys’ wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The Titans had just come off of their bye week and Mariota started the game without the glove he has had to wear since the beginning of the season; he’s been playing with a tweaked nerve in his throwing arm since week 2.
The gloveless Mariota had sparked hopes that he had healed and would be back at the top of his game, but then this game starts with a fumble, and those hopes were dashed a bit.
Titan Nation gets to witness a turnover by safety Kevin Byard and the team was back in business and making plays. Byard performed a former NFL player Terrell Owens type celebration on the cowboy star at the 50 yard line. The Titans were fighting back.
It wasn’t clear sailing for sure, with running back Dion Lewis fumbling the ball, which Dallas recovered, and kicker Ryan Succop missed a 28-yard field goal attempt, but the team was not going down without a fight.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 6, 2018
Tennessee has had its share of problems with dropped balls this year, and four losses mainly due to players seeming to not be able to hang onto the football. Mariota has stated over and over that it is his fault. He hasn’t been able to throw as well with the tingling in his right hand, but those days look to be over.
Look at this beauty of a throw, right down the middle of the field to wide receiver Darius Jennings. Thirty-six yards of pass throwing perfection.
Nashville traffic prepared @DariusJennings_ for this moment.
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) November 6, 2018
The Titans had four touchdowns this game, another sign of improvement because touchdowns have been hard to come by in the first half of the season. They’ve essentially had a TD drought. RB Derrick Henry had the first TD of the game during the second quarter with a one-yard run into the end zone.
Lewis also scored in the second quarter, catching an 18-yard pass. In the third quarter tight end Jonnu Smith caught a seven-yard pass to score. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Mariota ran nine yards to get the teams’ final touchdown of the evening.
The Titans defense had five sacks in the second half of the game, including a strip sack by linebacker Jayon Brown where the ball was recovered by linebacker Wesley Woodyard. This entire game performance should be a team confidence builder, leading up to next Sunday when the Titans (4-4) will face the New England Patriots (7-2) at Nissan Stadium.
This is the only home game for the entire month of November, Titans fans need to pack the place. Let’s cheer the boys on, and get some more sacks and a Byard pick-six off of old QB Tom Brady.
In other news, former Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson #28 announced his retirement from the NFL this Monday. He had been the Titans #1 draft pick in 2008 and earned the nickname CJ2K in 2009 after rushing 2000 yards in one season. It is quite fitting that the final score for the Titans on Monday Night Football was 28, a tribute to one of the Titans best players and biggest stars.
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