The Miami Dolphins head into Week 10 of the 2012-13 NFL season with a 4-4 record. They have a legitimate chance of making the postseason in a wide open AFC.
Tennessee is on the outside looking in, and barring a run, it appears it will be watching the postseason from the couch.
If Miami is a playoff team, this is a game it must take care of at home. There will be no excuses if it doesn't.
Here is all the information you need to get you ready for this intriguing showdown.
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
When: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL DirecTV
Betting Line: Miami (-6), according to Covers
Tennessee Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|WR Kendall Wright||Elbow|
|LB Patrick Bailey||Ribs|
|WR Kenny Britt||Knee|
|CB Tommie Campbell||Ankle|
|S Michael Griffin||Hip|
|QB Jake Locker||Shoulder|
|LB Colin McCarthy||Ankle|
|T Michael Roos||Abdomen|
|T David Stewart||Knee|
|C Fernando Velasco||Concussion|
|DB Alterraun Verner||Thigh|
|WR Nate Washington||Knee|
|DE Kamerion Wimbley||Toe|
|LB Will Witherspoon||Hamstring|
Miami Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|LB Karlos Dansby||Biceps|
|WR Brian Hartline||Groin/Hamstring|
|CB Richard Marshall||Back|
|DT Tony McDaniel||Knee|
|QB Matt Moore||Right Calf|
|C Mike Pouncey||Achilles|
|QB Ryan Tannehill||Knee|
|RB Daniel Thomas||Elbow|
|LB Jason Trusnik||Forearm|
What's at Stake?
Miami is a fringe playoff team this season. If the Dolphins are what they believe they can be, this is a game they must win.
Good teams beat up on bad teams at home. At 4-4, a loss to the Titans at home would be simply inexcusable from a contender.
This Sunday will determine whether or not Miami is a pretender.
Chris Johnson, Tennessee RB
Chris Johnson is on pace for a bounce-back season after barely getting over the 1,000-yard mark last season. He has 736 yards through nine weeks and is on pace to eclipse last year's numbers in the next few weeks.
After struggling to start the season, Johnson has found some of his old steps. In the past three games, Johnson is averaging 145 yards per contest while showing his explosive speed.
If the hand is hot, keeping playing him.
Reggie Bush, Miami RB
Reggie Bush is still one of the best dual-threat running backs in all of the NFL. He is a fantasy owner's dream, especially in point-per-reception leagues.
Bush will be going up against a defense that allows 141.6 yards rushing per game (30th in NFL) and 272.7 yards passing per game (27th in NFL). Miami will be able to put plenty of points on the board, and it all starts with Reggie Bush.
What They're Saying
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean is reporting that Titans head coach Mike Munchak believes quarterback Jake Locker could play this Sunday if he sees good test results.
Locker certainly changes the schemes of the defense with his mobility, so this is something to keep an eye on as we enter the latter part of the week.
Key Matchup: Tennessee's defense against Miami's offense
Tennessee's defense isn't very good. It has allowed 30 points or more six times this season while looking atrocious in just about every category imaginable.
Even going up against a rookie quarterback, the Titans defense will be under fire on Sunday. It must find ways to get off the field on third down, be stingy in the red zone and most importantly, force turnovers.
If Tennessee can't force turnovers, this will be an easy Miami victory.
Miami is a better overall football team than Tennessee. Playing at home will benefit the Dolphins as the Titans are 1-3 on the road this season and Miami is 2-1 at the friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium.
Miami 28, Tennessee 20