(2-2, 2-2 ATS)
(1-2, 1-2 ATS)
The Tennessee Titans are potentially one step away from falling off a cliff, and they really have to avoid falling below .500 in NFL betting action on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Titans have proven that they have some real issues if RB Chris Johnson can’t get going. In two wins this year, Johnson has reached the 100+ yard barrier rushing. In two losses, he hasn’t even made it to 60 yards. QB Vince Young has some major issues throwing the ball still, and he really hasn’t made up for it with his legs thus far in 2010. In four games this year, Young has only thrown for 511 yards with four TDs and two picks. He only has 66 yards without a TD on the ground. As a result, there are no players on this team that have reached 15 receptions nor 200 yards this year. WR Nate Washington leads the team in both categories with 14 grabs and 194 yards. The defense has gotten some great production from DE Dave Ball this year, as he has 4.5 sacks. The team ranks ninth in the NFL in total yardage at 302.8 yards per game allowed and is ninth as well in scoring at 17.0 points per game.
The Cowboys have had a week to prepare for this game. There is still a long climb back in the NFC East for Dallas even though it is only a game back of all three teams. However, the mountain to climb isn’t nearly as steep as that of the Titans if they were to lose this game. The ground game just has not gotten started quite yet for the Cowboys this year, which is a real surprise for a squad that was thought to have one of the greatest stables of backs in the league. RB Marion Barber only has 125 yards on the ground to lead the team, and he is only averaging 3.5 yards per carry. The bright spot for the offense has been the play of WR Miles Austin, who is proving that he isn’t a flash in the pan. Austin has 22 receptions for 308 yards and a TD this year. WR Dez Bryant is third on the team in receptions with 14 and third in receiving yards with 158. He also has a punt return for a TD. QB Tony Romo has really made this team move at times. He has completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 940 yards and four TDs against two picks.
The big concern for the Titans is the fact that they gave up a whole boatload of passing yards last week to the Denver Broncos. A very similarly built Dallas squad has a more efficient passing attack than that of the Broncos, and this is a road game. Tennessee was aided by a kick return for a TD last week be in a position to win that game until the very end, and barring a flash of luck again this week, this game shouldn’t be close. The Titans are in a lot of trouble.
Pro Football Free Pick: Dallas Cowboys -7