Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will look to tame Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans when the two desperate teams square off in their intriguing Week 9 Inter-Conference clash on Sunday live from Jones AT&T Stadium on Monday Night Football.
The Titans will be looking to snap out of the funk they’ve been in recently while the Cowboys will look to keep up their season-long trend of being consistently inconsistent.
Okay, let’s find out what’s going to go down when these two playoff-hopefuls teams square off on Monday night.
Monday Night Football: Tennessee Titans at Dallas Cowboys
🏈: Monday Night Football: Tennessee Titans (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
⏰: Monday, November 5, 2018, 8:15 PM ET
🏟️: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
📺: ESPN, DTV: 206
🎰: Dallas Cowboys: -5 -115 | -225 | U 40 -110
The Titans have dropped three straight and come into this contest off a narrow 20-19 road loss against the Chargers two weeks ago. Tennessee is well-rested after getting a bye last weekend, but the Titans have lost five of their last seven road games. Marcus Mariota is completing an efficient 66 percent of his passes this season for 1,030 yards, but he’s thrown a paltry three touchdown passes as we head into the second half of the regular season versus five interceptions.
The Cowboys have alternated SU wins and losses all season long, starting with their season-opening road loss against Carolina. Dallas was on the wrong end of a hard-fought 20-17 road loss at Washington two weeks ago. Like the Titans, the Cowboys are well-rested after getting a bye last weekend. This season, quarterback Dak Prescott is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,417 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. While star running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 619 yards, he’s been limited to just three touchdowns.
Expert Pick and Prediction
While Tennessee has been completely awful in averaging just 15.1 points per game this season in head coach Mike Vrabel’s first season, Tennessee has been fantastic in ranking third in points allowed (18.1 ppg). Ironically, Dallas is the better team on both sides of the ball as they average 20.0 points per game while limiting the opposition to a stunning 17.6 points per game to rank second in points allowed. Still, I’m thinking Tennessee is going to find a way to get the big road win.
While I’m not really sure about how good Mike Vrabel is a head coach, but I just don’t believe he can be any worse than Dallas’ Jason Garrett. Not only that, but while I like Dak Prescott a lot, I’d take Marcus Mariota over him (I think) right now. Dallas has been wildly inconsistent this season and Tennessee is completely and utterly desperate.
The Titans are a perfect 6-0 ATS in their last six Monday Night Football games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games following an SU loss. The Cowboys are an uninspiring 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Monday Night Football matchups and just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in Week 9.
This matchup looks like a virtual toss-up between two evenly matched teams with identical records. That alone tells me the home team should be favored by no more than a field goal. I don’t why the Cowboys are 5.5-point favorites against a Tennessee team they’re no better than, but I like Marcus Mariota and the desperate Titans Titans to scratch out the hard-fought road win in a brawl.
Predicted Score Titans 23 Cowboys 21