The Cowboys entered the game having allowed just one sack of their prized QB, Tony Romo in its first three games and allowing sacks on less than one percent (0.78) of all its passing plays.
That meant nothing to the Titans, who came out and got Romo to the ground a whopping six times Sunday in the teams 34-27 win to move to 3-2.
The Titans slammed the Cowboys QB five times in the first half, tying the Dallas quarterback’s career high for being taken down behind the line of scrimmage.
Romo recovered in the final two minutes of the first half, completing 7 of 8 passes during an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to bring the Cowboys within a touchdown at 17-10 at halftime.
The Cowboys put up 511 yards of offense, and Romo threw for over 400 yards, but the Titans made plays when they had to, and got to the QB enough to rattle him and to make him look over his shoulder after the beating he took early in the contest.
Defensive end Jason Babin and defensive tackle Jason Jones each recorded two sacks, and safety Chris Hope also recorded a sack in the first half. Babin has 4.5 sacks on the season, while Jones and Hope notched their first sacks of the season.
“We gave up too many touchdowns today. But you know what? I love my guys. They never quit. They never stopped,” defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil said. “They keep believing and they made the plays we needed to help us win.’’
Ball, who leads the Titans with five sacks on the season, and Tony Brown combined to get to Romo for a takedown in the third quarter, forcing a 44-yard field-goal attempt that David Buehler missed.
The Titans, who entered the game tied for first in the NFL with 16 sacks, recorded six against an opposing quarterback for the second straight week.
“We gave up a lot of points. There are 27 up there,” safety Michael Griffin said. “What do I say about our defense? We stayed in there. We kept playing. It came down to the final seconds and we made the play when we needed to make it.”
Romo completed 31 of 46 passes for 406 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He and the Cowboys had to play from behind, and it gave the Titans a shot to tee off early and often.
Tennessee’s D is allowing 19 points per game, but the win over the Cowboys could lead to something big. They have an important three game stretch coming up, as they play at the Jags, home for the Eagles, and at San Diego before the bye week.
If the defense can keep playing and getting to the QB like they did Sunday, opposing throwers should beware of what’s coming their way.