The Cowboys are really good on defense. They rank 3rd in total yards per game allowed, 3rd in passing yards per game allowed, 9th in rushing yards per game allowed and 2nd in points allowed. Those are pretty daunting numbers*. There doesn’t appear to be any weakness there. I had no idea they had been that good until I started looking at the match-up this week.
There are a couple of areas where the Cowboys defense can be exploited. They rank 22nd against the tight end and 24th against the running back in the passing game. They have up 14 catches and 80 yards to Saquon Barkley and 8 catches and 73 yards to Alfred Blue(!). Hello Dion Lewis! I would love to see Lewis get 6-8 targets in this game.
Unfortunately, the Titans won’t be able to take advantage of the weakness against tight ends because Jonnu Smith apparently forgot how to play football after the first month of last season.
*One thing that should be pointed out here is that the Cowboys play at the 4th slowest pace in the league according to Football Outsiders. That is going to make their yardage stats look better because there is less opportunity for the opposing offense.