News: ESPN Scouts: Titans-Cowboys: 10 observations

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    By Matt Williamson
    Scouts Inc.
    Tennessee at Dallas[​IMG]When: 4:15 PM ET
    Watch: CBS
    More scouting reports: Week 5
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    After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch in this week's Titans-Cowboys matchup.

    1. Attack one-on-one matchups: Every team that faces Tennessee does everything possible to take away Chris Johnson -- to some degree. Vince Young needs to capitalize on such opportunities. But the Cowboys' cornerbacks are better players than the Titans' wide receivers. Kenny Britt is one wideout to watch who could be primed to break out. Nine Titans caught a pass last week. Spreading the ball around might be Young's best strategy.

    2. Keep Young in his comfort zone:

    3. Get Johnson back on track:

    4. Potential aerial show

    5. Matchup to watch: Titans C Eugene Amano vs. Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff: Ratliff is one of the most difficult interior defensive lineman in the league to block and he routinely tortures centers. This week should not be any different, as Amano has struggled a great deal since assuming the starting role in 2010.

    6. Don't get full of yourself: (Cowboys)

    7. Win the hidden yardage battle: Dallas is among the most-penalized teams in the league and has created only three turnovers this season. Tennessee has turned the ball over 10 times. It has been the Titans' defense that has carried the team more than anything this season, but Tennessee cannot afford to keep putting its defense in tough situations.

    8. Exploit secondary depth: Before last week, Tennessee was excellent in not allowing the long ball and quarterbacks were not producing against this well-coached defense. The Titans were especially good at limiting production of opposing wide receivers, and CB Cortland Finnegan is one of the best in the business in that department. FS Michael Griffin has been up and down and the Titans are without their other starting corner, Jason McCourty (forearm). Corner depth is suspect -- which could be a huge problem against the Cowboys' array of wideouts. The secondary is greatly aided by the excellent pressure the Titans generate on the quarterback.

    9. Protect the edges: (Doug Free)

    10. Matchup to watch: Cowboys WR Miles Austin vs. Finnegan: Austin now ranks among the elite players at his position. Few can rival his strength and run-after-the-catch abilities. And he can attack a defense on all levels. Because of the wealth of pass-catching talent for Dallas, Finnegan might have to tangle with Austin quite a bit without a lot of support from his teammates. It should be an excellent head-to-head battle.

    Prediction[​IMG]Tennessee 14
    Dallas 27

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