Cowboys spoil home opener for Titans and new coach Whisenhunt
email@example.com | 9/15/2014, 11:11 a.m.
“When you can do that, drive the football again and again and control the football and control the game, it gives you a great chance to win." "They ran the football well Give them credit,” said Whisenhunt, lamenting the missed tackles. “They did to us what we did to Kansas City last week." To add to the misery, the Titans offense was simply put...awful.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker, who had a 111.4 passer rating against Kansas City, missed receivers in every way possible. He had only 26 yards, with a passing rating of 7.6 at halftime. The Titans could must only 68 yards of offense in the first half. "Yeah, Jake didn't play his best in the first half, but we had opportunities to make a couple of catches that gets us going and we didn't do it," said Whisenhunt.
The poor play by the Titans overshadowed the defensive efforts of Jurrell Casey, who came up with two of three sacks of Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Running its no-huddle offense, Tennessee looked like a totally different team at the start of the second half. Locker passed for 39 yards on the opening drive that resulted in a 47-yard-field goal.
On the Titans next possession, Locker found Delanie Walker for a 61-yard touchdown pass. It was Walker's longest touchdown reception. "He did a good job inside there, single covering a lot inside with him and he found ways to get open and made some big catches for us," said Locker.
Even though the Titans played better in the second half, the dismal start that saw Dallas dominate the time of possession (21:41 to Tennessee's 8:19) must be corrected. "I am very disappointed that we didn't play better today, especially at home," said Whisenhunt.
"It really hurts and we got a lot of things that we can correct and work on from this game. So, too many mistakes in the first half. I think one of the things that really hurt was when we forced a turnover and we did nothing with it. Of course getting 0-for-third downs in the first half that's not something that is characteristic of us. Once again, give them credit and we have to correct those things.”