The Titans and Cowboys, who spent three and a half decades as in-state rivals when the Titans played in Houston as the Oilers, have met sparingly through the years in the regular season. In 12 games between the two clubs, the Cowboys hold a 7-5 edge, including victories in the most recent encounters in 2002 and 2006.
This week begins a six-week stretch in which the Titans play just one home game. After visiting Dallas, they travel to Jacksonville for a Monday night game on Oct. 18. They host the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 24, followed by a Halloween road game at San Diego, a bye week and a road trip to play the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 14.
The game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Jim Nantzwill handle play-by-play duties, while Phil Simms will provide color commentary.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
THE TITANS AND COWBOYS HEADING INTO WEEK 5
The loss last week against the Broncos masked a defensive performance by the Titans in which they recorded six sacks and only allowed 19 rushing yards—the fifth-lowest rushing total by an opponent in franchise history. However, the Titans lost the turnover battle 2-1 and allowed 341 passing yards by Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton.
Tennessee's defense is ranked eighth overall in the NFL through four weeks, permitting 302.8 yards per game, and the unit is ranked eighth in scoring defense at 17.0 points allowed per game. With 16 sacks, the Titans are tied with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers at the top of the league.
The Titans also rank seventh in the NFL in scoring offense. Quarterback Vince Young is off to the best start of his career through four contests, completing 66 percent of his passes (47 of 71) for four touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 94.3. His backfield mate, running back Chris Johnson, ranks sixth in the league with 354 rushing yards.
Yet another formidable challenge awaits the Titans this week. They face the league's fifth-rated offense in the Cowboys, who are averaging 391.7 yards per contest. Plus, the Cowboys will have two weeks of preparation for their matchup with the Titans after enjoying a Week 4 bye.
In their most recent action, the Cowboys picked up an impressive 27-13 road win over the Houston Texans. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 23 of 30 passes for 284 yards, no interceptions and a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Roy Williams. The Cowboys defense was equally imposing, collecting three turnovers and four sacks against a potent Texans attack.
INTERCONFERENCE WINNING STREAK
The Titans hope to continue their winning ways versus teams from the NFC. They have not lost an interconference matchup since a 13-10 defeat at Tampa Bay on Oct. 14, 2007. Their 10-game non-conference winning streak is a franchise record and the longest current streak of its kind in the NFL. Most recently, the Titans beat the New York Giants 29-10 on Sept. 26 to top their previous record of nine consecutive wins against NFC clubs from 1999 to 2001.