Once again the Titans were involved in a penalty filled game. Fortunately for Tennessee, this time it was the opposition that had problems playing within the rules. The Dallas Cowboys committed 12 penalties for 133 yards and allowed the Titans to pick up a 34-27 victory at Cowboys Stadium.
While the Cowboys could have played a better game, they certainly didn’t hand the game to the Titans. Many key players stepped up for Tennessee, including quarterback Vince Young who played a mistake free game for the third time in as many weeks. Young was the catalyst in helping the Titans jump out to an early 17-3 lead, hitting Nate Washington and Kenny Britt for early touchdowns. The overall solid play of Young was not a surprise, seeing as he usually saves his best games when playing in the state of Texas.
Not to be outdone by Young, Chris Johnson returned to his usual stellar form. Johnson carried 19 times for 131 yards. His 2 touchdowns came in the 4th quarter and were ultimately the difference in the game.
That being said, the game ball could have been given to a number of players, not just Young or Johnson. Marc Mariani provided another big boost on a kick return, Alterraun Verner once again proved he is a ballhawk, and while the defense continued to bend, they beat up the opposition. Tony Romo was sacked 6 times and threw 3 interceptions. In short, the Titans had key contributions from just about the entire team.
Surely, the win will make a difference not just in the AFC South standings, but also in the level of confidence of the players and the coaching staff. There have been many concerns about the ability of this team, players and coaches alike, to focus and play together for 60 minutes. Today’s win shows that the Titans are once again dangerous provided they play to their potential. Next week the Titans travel to Jacksonville and will have the opportunity to show a prime time national audience that they aren’t a group of thugs, but rather a tough, talented and well disciplined football team.