Tennessee and Dallas both went into their Week 8 bye off disappointing losses. Each is trying to get back to .500 and jump back into the playoff conversation in a Monday Night Football matchup.
Dallas will bring a new look to the game after giving up on their wide-receiver committee approach and trading for the talented Amari Cooper.
Cooper will immediately take the role of wide receiver one, which could either help slot receiver Cole Beasley’s role grow or take him out of the equation.
That depends on how much Dallas continues to rely on Ezekiel Elliott with a premier receiver on the field. Elliott trails only Todd Gurley in rushing yards (with one less game) as he enjoys another productive campaign in Texas.
Tennessee is looking to get its early-season swagger back. Since an upset of the defending champion Eagles in Week 4, the Titans have lost three straight to fall below 500.
Only the Ravens, however, beat them by more than one score. In fact, two of their three past losses were by one point in Buffalo and against the powerful Chargers.
Coach Mike Vrabel is likely to have another carefully tailored plan to attack the Cowboys.
Injuries and notes
The bye week allowed both teams to get healthier. The only guard Josh Kline missed practice Monday for Tennessee.
Dallas put wide receiver Terrence Williams on injured reserve over the bye week. They list Amari Cooper as questionable, but he is expected to start.
Tight end Geoff Swaim is also listed as questionable for Dallas.
Mike Vrabel looked like a candidate for coach of the year after his game schemes resulted in consecutive upsets of the then-undefeated Jaguars and the defending champion Eagles. After Week 5, the Titans were on top of the AFC South.
Tennessee’s three-game losing streak and five straight wins by Houston knocked them down a peg, but no one in Tennessee has grown suspicious of Vrabel’s talents.
Owner Jerry Jones remains equally enamored of his head coach, Jason Garrett. Dallas’ pre-bye loss to the surprising 5-2 Redskins has them in a hole, but the acquisition of Cooper indicates Jones knows it is a talent issue more than a coaching matter.
How to watch the Cowboys-Titans game
ESPN will handle the broadcasting duties for this Monday Night Football battle, sending their signal to affiliates across the nation.
Internet television providers will get the live feed of the Cowboys-Titans game, too. That means you can watch the game on your favorite internet device with Sling TV or DirecTV Now.
Sling and DirecTV Now offer all ESPN programming among dozens of other sports and entertainment channels. Best of all, it comes to you without a contract or expensive equipment at a portion of the price of cable and satellite.
Internet TV providers like Sling, DirecTV Now, and Fubo TV offer NFL-contracted networks across the country. Check out their websites to see what else they offer in your neighborhood.
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Who will win the Cowboys-Titans game?
Amari Cooper’s arrival doesn’t just give Dak Prescott a needed top receiver. It also indicates ownership believes the team can still take the NFC East title from the upstart Redskins and struggling Eagles.
To make that happen, the Cowboys know they have to win this home game against a mediocre team. They will.