Normally if a game does not go as expected I shrug it off pretty quickly, it’s why they play the game! But thinking back to John Gruden smirking on the sidelines while his team was picked apart by an UDFA rookie and his lines on both sides were gashed, I was and still am mad. The Bay Area rivalry should not have ended on that note. Tonight’s game is just as much of a headache with both sides having just enough potential to convince you one way or the other.
Frustratingly, 0-4 last week, I can thank John Gruden and Co for the shot of hot sauce. This is not the week to chase wins though with only two plays for me.
Tajae Sharpe Receptions: Over 2.5
I did not learn my lesson last week; let’s hop on the slot receiver with a low catch total! Marcus Mariota has had neither a reliable possession receiver nor a solid pass blocking line this year. Remember back to that 11 sack game against Baltimore if you need a reminder. Sharpe, who leads the team in routes inside, received 9 targets last week turning them into 7/101. The strength of the Cowboys pass defense has been on the outside while opponent’s slot receivers have had success. I expect this to be a ball control game with enough short and immediate routes to Sharpe to cash.
Dak Prescott Rushing Yards: Over 33
After a frustrating first 4-5 weeks, the Cowboys and Dak started to see some success heading into last week’s bye. This uptick coincided with the embrace of using Prescott as a runner. Dak has hit this 33 yard threshold in each of the last three games finally being encouraged to use his legs on broken plays. The Titans defense is stout against the run and have had inconsistencies against the pass. However, they have allowed the 12th most rushing yards per game against the quarterback and only a handful of those throughout the league have the scramble ability similar to Dak. I see Dak handling another 6+ carries to pick up first downs and finding his way to this total.