PFF Preview: Cowboys @ Titans, Week 2

Expectations for the Cowboys and Titans have flipped after Week 1. Andrew Stevens previews their second week matchup.

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PFF Preview: Cowboys @ Titans, Week 2

2014-Prev-WK2-DAL@TENAfter defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium, the Tennessee Titans will host the Dallas Cowboys who struggled in their season opener.

The Titans’ defense excelled in almost every category in Week 1. They lead the league with a +7.4 in pass coverage, ranked second in pass rush with a +7.6, and ranked third in run defense with a +8.4. It seems their only flaw on the defensive side of the ball was in the penalty category where they finished lowest in the league with a -3.7.

The Cowboys finished on the opposite end of the spectrum in pass coverage by finishing with a -11.4 grade, which ranked them last in the league. The pass rush was one the few bright spots for the Cowboys’ defense as they were able to earn a +3.8 in the category. Leading the way for the Dallas defense was defensive end Jeremy Mincey who posted a +2.7 in pass rush and +3.0 overall.

Here are three more notable numbers from each side going into Week 2:

Tennessee Titans

Jurrell Casey – The Titans’ defensive end was stout in run defense finishing with a +4.7, but was also productive in rushing the passer by registering four hurries and three hits on the quarterback.

Jason McCourty – McCourty was the third-best cornerback in the league in pass coverage in Week 1, earning a +3.1 in the category — a better mark than any of his single-game grades from 2013.

Derrick Morgan – After an outstanding opener, Morgan stands with the best overall grade, best pass rush grade, and best pass coverage grade of all 3-4 outside linebackers.

Dallas Cowboys

Zack Martin – In his NFL debut, the Cowboys’  rookie guard posted a +1.4 grade in pass blocking and allowed only one of the team’s 12 total pressures (a hurry).

Rolando McClain – The newly acquired linebacker posted a +2.5 in rush defense, which ranked him as the second-best inside linebacker in the category. He also finished the week as a league leader in stops with six.

Doug Free – The five starting offensive linemen played all 73 offensive snaps, and Free led the group with a +1.3 in run blocking and a +2.4 overall.

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