THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Cowboys pull even when they should be dominating

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper (19) runs after a reception for a first quarter touchdown against Tennessee Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) at AT&T Stadium.Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

New WR Amari Cooper scored 1st Dallas TD in opening quarter.

It’s weird, but as the Dallas Cowboys go into halftime versus the Tennessee Titans, they have to feel at once like they missed an opportunity to control this game AND lucky to be tied at 14.

The Cowboys marched into Titans territory on their opening drive, then the Dallas defense recovered two fumbles in Tennessee’s end. But the Cowboys managed just 7 points in those three chances and a 7-0 lead evaporated early in the second quarter.

Cowboys kicker Brett Maher missed a 38-yard field goal try on the game-opening possession.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw an interception going into the end zone after the second fumble recovery.

Following Kevin Byard’s pick, the Titans responded by driving 80 yards for a touchdown. Tennessee running back Derrick Henry finished the march with a 1-yard TD dive.

The Titans then went ahead on a series of plays that had to have the Cowboys players’ and coaches’ heads ready to explode. After Daniel Ross appeared to sack Marcus Mariota on a third-down play, the officials intervened to say that Tennessee called timeout before the play.

Two plays later, Mariota had completed a pair of passes for 54 yards, including an 18-yard TD on a screen to running back Dion Lewis.

But at least Dallas answered before the break.

Prescott directed a 10-play, 78-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 23-yard touchdown to Allen Hurns with 39 seconds left before the break.

It looks like this game will be decided by which QB, Mariota or Prescott, can make more plays in the second half. Prescott has the edge at the break with 139 yards and 2 TDs to Mariota’s 130 yard and one score.

Or maybe, and this is the big question for the second half, will the game come down to which QB makes fewer mistakes?

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