The Dolphins fell to Indianapolis 23-20 last Sunday, snapping their three-game winning streak. Despite another strong game from the rookie Tannehill (22-of-38, 290 yards, one touchdown, zero interceptions), Miami dropped to 4-4, one game behind New England in the AFC East.
Luckily for the 'Fins, they should be able to get back on track this week, as the Titans are coming off one of the most shameful performances of the 2012 NFL season.
Tennessee committed five turnovers on its way to a 51-20 loss to Chicago last week. Their display was so bad that 89-year-old owner Bud Adams called it the most disappointing home game he's seen since he founded the franchise in 1960.
The Titans did get some good news this week, as starting quarterback Jake Locker is set to return. Locker hasn't played since he dislocated his non-throwing shoulder on September 30.
Unfortunately for the 3-6 Titans, the Dolphins have the third-best run defense in the league (83.9 yards allowed per game), so the pressure will be on Locker to beat Miami through the air.
The game kicks off early Sunday. Here is all the vital info you need to get ready for this AFC showdown.
When: Sunday, November 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL
TV: CBS (check local listings)
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Spread: Miami -6 (via Bovada)
Over/Under: 44 (via Bovada)
Tennessee Titans - via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)
Colin McCarthy - LB, Questionable
Jake Locker - QB, Probable
Miami Dolphins - via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)
Richard Marshall - CB, Injured Reserve
Davone Bess - WR, Probable
Fantasy Big Plays
Tennessee: Nate Washington - WR
Washington has been Tennessee's most productive receiver this season, and with Miami's stout run defense on the other side of the line, the Titans will likely be drawing up plenty of plays for No. 85.
Washington only has two games of 69 or more yards, but he's scored in two of his last three outings. With Locker back in the lineup and the Dolphins' D keyed in on Chris Johnson, look for Washington to put up big numbers in Week 10.
Projected Stats: 6 catches for 85 yards and one touchdown
Miami: Reggie Bush - RB
Reggie Bush is only averaging 41.2 yards over the last four games, but a matchup with the awful Titans run defense should be exactly what he needs.
Tennessee is 30th in the league in run defense, giving up 141.6 yards per game. Look for the Dolphins' offense to feature a heavy dose of Reggie on Sunday.
Projected Stats: 18 carries for 95 yards and one touchdown
Key to Victory
The only way Tennessee will be able to win this game is if they limit turnovers. They committed five last week (one interception, four fumbles), and while the Dolphins' D is much less opportunistic than the Bears', they are capable of wreaking some havoc.
If Jake Locker throws a couple of picks or the Titans' playmakers can't hold onto the rock, they'll be flying back to Tennessee with another loss. But if they can take care of the ball and force Tannehill into some mistakes, they'll have a chance to pull off the upset.
Here are some basic facts about the Titans:
- They are allowing an NFL-worst 34.2 points per game.
- They have just one win on the road (a one-point win over Buffalo—not overly impressive).
- They've lost five games this season by 21 or more points.
- They have committed 15 more penalties than the Dolphins this season (59 to 44).
- And in their last game they were losing 51-12 at one point.
So, yeah, I'm going with the Dolphins.
Final Score: Dolphins 31 - Titans 17