What I'm looking for during Cowboys-Titans

August, 21, 2009
8/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

My first priority is simply finding the media parking lot. This will be the first preseason game at Cowboys Stadium and the club is expecting more than 70,000 fans to show up. Fortunately, the Rangers just left on a road trip, so the traffic around the stadium shouldn't be unbearable.

Once I make it to the stadium, I'm very interested to see how Tony Romo holds up against a top-notch defense. Albert Haynesworth may be gone, but the Titans still have plenty of firepower up front. We've heard Romo talk about cutting down his turnovers and tonight's a good opportunity to see if he can back that up.

I think both offenses will be pretty vanilla, but it will be intriguing to watch former University of Texas star Vince Young operate against the Cowboys' second-team defense. I think it will be a good test for reserve linebacker Bobby Carpenter and some of the Cowboys' rookies. Players such as Victor Butler and Brandon Williams need to take some of the things they displayed in training camp into a preseason game.

The Cowboys' backups didn't play well last week against the Raiders and it's important for them to have a good showing tonight. I'm also anxious to see how Roy Williams and the Cowboys' receivers perform against a pretty solid secondary.

It will also be a game in which the Cowboys' highly regarded running back trio will face a tough test. I think you'll see Felix Jones involved in the passing game early and often. It's also important that Marion Barber and Tashard Choice get their fair share of reps. It's not like the Cowboys desperately need to win this game, but they do need a better overall performance.

Also looking forward to catching up with an old reader of the blog formerly known as Hashmarks, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. The NFC East blog would like to take this opportunity to welcome AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky to town. We may combine on a few things later this evening -- if we feel like it.

Thanks for your continued support. Let's meet back here later this evening. And a special note to Giants fans: I had a good visit with Kenny Phillips earlier this afternoon. You can read about him in a story I'm preparing for Tuesday.

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