Miami Dolphins: What the 'Fins Must Do in Week 10 to Beat the Tennessee Titans

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst INovember 10, 2012

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 14: Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans scores a touchdown  against Chris Clemons #30 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Falling to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts was rough for the now 4-4 Miami Dolphins. They had finally felt like a legitimate contender for a playoff spot. And they still are.

With a matchup against the Tennessee Titans (3-6) this weekend, Miami must turn things around. Traveling back to South Beach to take on a Tennessee squad that was crushed 51-20 by Chicago over the weekend, the Dolphins will have to go on the offensive immediately.

Last weekend against the Bears, the Titans were incredibly vulnerable to both the pass and the run. Matt Forte averaged 8.6 yards a carry, amassing 103 yards on just 12 attempts. Brandon Marshall brought in nine out of his 10 targets (did that ever happen in Miami?) as he torched the Titans' secondary for three touchdowns and 122 yards.

Miami must do the same. Let Bush have a field day on the Titans' defense. If the offensive line can create the necessary holes, he will have massive gains and Miami will light up the score board. That 18-yard score against the Colts could very well be reproduced against the weak Titans run defense.

The corners of the Titans have been consistently torched by opposing passing games. Ryan Tannehill should be firing on all cylinders in this matchup. He must find Brian Hartline, who, like Brandon Marshall, can dramatically exploit the Titans' secondary. This has the makings of an offensive shootout for the Dolphins.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins must quickly take out the running game of the Titans. That is a very simple plan, I am well aware, but every time Chris Johnson fails to produce, the Titans have been atrocious (just ask the New England Patriots and the San Diego Chargers).

In this manner, Miami can focus on their secondary, which was painfully exposed by Andrew Luck last weekend. Miami has to make sure they do not allow Jake Locker to gain some sort of momentum and consistency. Forcing the Titans into a passing mentality if Johnson cannot manage to be effective in the running game will be crucial. The Dolphins must amp up the pass rush to even greater extent than last week and force the young sophomore to make some mistakes that translate into turnovers.

If Miami can do all of this, a victory seems incredibly likely.