FINAL GRADE: A+
The Titans defense had been embarrassed all season, last week's 51 points allowed included, but somehow managed to hold Miami to just three points in the game. The Unit finishes with three INTs, one fumble recovery and two sacks. Now the question is whether they can come even close to matching this effort after the bye.
Fourth Quarter Grade: A
The Titans defense once again managed to hold after allowing Miami to drive into the red zone, but this time rookie LB Zach Brown read the play perfectly and intercepted a pass and returned it to the Dolphins 37 yardline. a perfect shutout for the second half.
Third Quarter Grade: A
The defense didn't have to do too much in the third quarter as the offense held the ball most of the time. The Dolphins only gained 19 yards on their one possession and were then forced to punt. Sen'Derrick Marks picked up the units' first sack of the game and the Dolphins just look discombobulated.
Second Quarter Grade: A+
The Titans defense is making plays all over the field. They started off the quarter with a near interception by Verner and then followed it up with a Colin McCarthy pick-six from 49 yards out. The defense held strong to force a field goal after briefly looking like the defense we've seen all season and then followed it up with another interception.
This time by Akeem Ayers, who also tipped the pass on the first interception. Great quarter of play for Ayers.
First Quarter Grade: A
You have to grade the Titans' defense on a curve. When a unit allows 34-plus points a game, posting a shutout at the end of a quarter is huge. The defense forced a three-and-out on the Dolphins first possession and also picked up a fumble recovery later in the quarter. They've done a great job of keeping Miami out of scoring range.