Last October the struggling 1-3 Miami Dolphins with rookie head coach (Dan Campbell) traveled to Nashville to take on the struggling 0-4 Tennessee Titans. The result was 4 offensive touchdowns and one defensive touchdown for the Dolphins; and a 38-10 victory.
Well, it’s October again and the struggling 1-3 Miami Dolphins with another rookie head coach (Adam Gase), are getting ready to take on the struggling 1-3 Tennessee Titans. Déjà vu? If the Dolphins ever needed a break out performance, Sunday at home in Hard Rock Stadium would be the time to do it. Miami simply cannot afford to start out 1-4, unless the Dolphins brass wants to start answering questions about whom and where they will be picking in the April 2017 draft.
The Miami Dolphins own a 19-16 series lead in games played against the Tennessee Titans going back to 1966 when Miami first played the Houston Oilers. The Oilers would move to move to Tennessee in 1997 and officially adopt the Titans name in 1999.
Without going back over entire 35 games these teams have played I’m going back to 2006. The Dolphins and Titans have met 5 times over that 10-year span, with Miami winning 3 of those games. However, in the past two games each team has taken turns blowing out the other. Miami’s 38-10 victory last season was about as dominating as Tennessee’s 37-3 victory over the Dolphins back in 2012.
For this game on Sunday the Dolphins are a 3 ½ point favorites over the Titans. That means the experts expect Miami to win, but remember the game is played on the field, not on paper. The Dolphins better be ready for a vengeful Titans team. In last year’s game Miami not only embarrassed Tennessee but also roughed up QB Marcus Mariota when Dolphins DE Olivier Vernon was penalized for a late hit, low on the QB’s knee. Mariota was not the same player after that hit, fumbling twice and throwing 2 interceptions. I expect Tennessee and Mariota to put up a better fight this Sunday.
After this home game the Dolphins play 3 more home games in a row, before going on the road again. This home cooking may be just what the Dolphins need to kick start themselves into a winning gear going forward.