What the Cowboys Have to do to Hold off Titans - Latest Odds

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The Dallas Cowboys will host the Tennessee Titans for a Monday Night Football clash to wrap up week nine of the NFL season.

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This game features a pair of struggling teams, but each team could turn their season around with a win in this game. Dallas will be looking to get their record back to the .500 mark with a victory, while the Titans are trying to snap a three game losing streak. The Cowboys come into this game as a 4.5 point favorite over the Titans. Let’s take a look at what the Cowboys will need to do to pick up a win over the Titans.

Dallas Needs Balance On Offense

The Cowboys are one of the best running teams in the NFL, but have struggled to throw the ball all season. Dallas comes into this game averaging almost 137 rushing yards per game, but just 183 passing yards. In order to beat the Titans, Dallas will need to find more balance on offense.

The addition of wide receiver Amari Cooper should give quarterback Dak Prescott another weapon on offense, but Prescott needs more accuracy on his throws. He is completing just 62 percent of his passes this season, and has thrown just eight touchdown passes. Dallas knows that Ezekiel Elliott will provide them with plenty of rushing yards, but the Cowboys will need to throw the ball to win this game.

Limit Titans Struggling Offense

The Cowboys have given up just 17.6 points per game this season, which is the best average in the NFL. Dallas will face a struggling Titans offense in this game, and keeping them out of the end zone will be a key to the Cowboys success. DeMarcus Lawrence leads the team with 5.5 sacks, and Dallas should be able to get pressure on Marcus Mariota in this game. Mariota has struggled to stay on the field this season, but he still has the capability to win a game with his playmaking ability.

One player who isn’t struggling for the Titans on offense is Dion Lewis. Lewis is explosive out of the backfield, and has emerged as a top receiving threat for Tennessee as well. Lewis is elusive and shifty, and the Cowboys will need to be sound in the tackling game to get him on the ground. Veteran linebacker Sean Lee will likely need to make some open field tackles to keep Lewis from breaking a big run.

Win Time of Possession

This is likely to be a very low scoring game, with neither team having a terrific offense. The Titans are comfortable playing a field position battle, and their punter is one of the best in the NFL. Dallas needs to be willing to play the same style, and they must keep their offense on the field for long drives. The Cowboys will ride Ezekiel Elliott, but Prescott will need to make the key throws to sustain drives. This game likely won’t be a pretty affair, but a win would look good for the Cowboys.

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