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Tennessee will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they head to Texas to take on a Dallas side who have won three out of three at home, keeping them relevant in the NFC East battle.

Low-scoring showdown in Texas

The Cowboys are the 1.41 favourites to make it four wins on the spin at AT&T Stadium against a Titans side coming off a bye week, after a tough loss in London to the Los Angeles Chargers last time out.

That loss saw Tennessee slip to 3-4, the same record as Dallas, but they are not out of it in the AFC South, making this clash with the Cowboys hugely important to both teams’ play-off hopes.

Cooper out to steal limelight

The Cowboys will want to show off their shiny new toy in wide receiver Amari Cooper, who jumped ship from the sinking Raiders before the trade deadline. He certainly bolsters a receiving core that has not helped out their quarter-back Day Prescott much, Prescott throwing for one or less touchdowns in eight of his last 10 games.

Cooper’s numbers haven’t been stellar this season but that can be put down to playing on a bad Raiders team and the two-time Pro Bowl should look more like his old self in the Lone Star state.

‘America’s Team’ gave up a lot for Cooper in the hope he can improve an offence that is averaging just 20 points a game. That is still better than the Titans 15.1 points per game, putting them amongst the three worst offenses in the entire NFL. Tennessee have far too many issues on offense, averaging just over 100 yards a game rushing, while their wide receivers can’t catch a cold.

Mike Vrabel’s men mustered just 31 points through the whole of October and will find it tough to get going on offense against a defence which has allowed just 44 points in total at home all season.

Tennessee and Dallas’ issues on offense, coupled with both have good defences, makes the under 40.5 total points at 1.92 the obvious choice.