Dallas defenders try to contain Titans RB Chris Johnson in the first half. (Photo by NFL.com)

Cowboys - Titans First Half Notes

The Cowboys get behind the eight ball early as the Titans stormed off to a lead. There were two big pass interference calls that went against Mike Jenkins and as Cowboys fans are used to the flags kept coming.

Offensive line play was attracious, which resulted in five sacks for Tennessee. Line play was so bad, in fact, that starting guard Leonard Davis was benched for his poor play in favor of Montrae Holland.

Kicker David Buehler gained some confidence from Dallas fans when he split the uprights on a 51-yard field goal with room to spare.

Dallas put together a solid drive — 8 plays, 75 yards — with their last possession of the first half. The end result for the ‘Boys was a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams. Williams is finally giving the Cowboys fans a glimpse of what they were hoping to get when he was acquired two-years ago. Unfortunately for Dallas, Dez Bryant limped off the field during the scoring drive when his ankle was twisted awkwardly on a tackle. There is no word on his return.

Tennessee leads going into the half, 17-10. Not a bad end to the half for Dallas, who appeared poised to be on the wrong end of a route.

Let’s hope that the Cowboys can regroup during halftime and do something about the open spaces in their weak zones that Vince Young exploited early. Let’s also pray to the football gods that the offensive line can get it together and keep Tony Romo’s jersey clean for the last thirty minutes.

DEZ BRYANT UPDATE: Bryant returned to action in the second half.

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