Scouting Report

The Dolphins will be looking to get their first victory of the season when they face the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Stadium. Here is an in-depth look at the matchup.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

SITE: Dolphin Stadium


TV: CBS, Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

SERIES: 31st meeting. Dolphins lead the series 16-14. Tennessee has won two of the last three, but Miami won last year at home, 24-10.

2006 rankings: Titans: offense 22nd (28th rush, 17th pass); defense 31st (29th rush, 29th pass). Dolphins: offense 21st (29th rush, 14th pass); defense 6th (20th rush, 5th pass)

Keys to the game: Pittsburgh and Buffalo were able to force Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper into mistakes as he struggles to find his game and regain his mobility following major knee surgery, but can the Titans repeat the blueprint? They haven't made many plays defensively through two games, and will need a big game from their front four to help the struggling secondary. Miami will likely lean on RB Ronnie Brown early, seeing if the offensive line can create a push and taking some of the pressure off Culpepper. The Titans have had similar issues providing time for QB Kerry Collins, and coach Jeff Fisher has talked about using a three-headed running attack with RBs Chris Brown, Travis Henry and LenDale White. But the running game will face eight-man fronts until Collins and/or rookie Vince Young proves they can do any sort of damage through the air.

Fast Facts: Titans: LB Keith Bullock needs four tackles to pass S Blaine Bishop (788) for sixth place on the franchise's all-time list. ... Brown needs 30 rushing yards to pass Fred Willis (2,241) for 10th in franchise history. Dolphins: Have lost their past six games in which they have not forced a turnover. ... WR Wes Welker needs 81 kick return yards to past Mercury Morris (2,947) for most in franchise history.

PERSONNEL NEWS: Titans: -- QB Kerry Collins said he feels good about the game plan in Miami and has carried himself well in the week following a terrible performance in San Diego. Billy Volek is gone so the Titans have no veteran alternative, though Vince Young will cut into Collins' snaps with spot duty.

-- QB Vince Young will get into the game in Miami for about a series each half in the hope that he can spark something different and force the Dolphins out of any sort of comfort zone. It remains to be seen what happens if he enters a game a lights it up.

-- RB LenDale White got a vote of confidence from Jeff Fisher Thursday. The coach said White's the one running back who's stayed healthy, and if the trend continues that White would "start pushing his way up the depth chart."

-- RB Travis Henry had three big games early in his career with the Bills against the Dolphins. Coach Jeff Fisher said though the Dolphins are different now, that the success has a bearing on Henry's mindset. With Chris Brown's toe problem acting up, Henry could be in line for more work in Miami Sunday.

-- RB Chris Brown was backed down in practice Thursday because of a lingering or re-aggravated toe problem.

-- TE Ben Troupe figures to be a key to the Titans offense's chance to break out of a funk. Traditionally the team had put together simple stuff early in a game to establish some rhythm to build on, and the TEs usually figure big in such plans.

Dolphins: -- WR Marty Booker has been practicing on a limited basis this week, and is listed as questionable. He said that he expects to play Sunday against Tennessee but has been frustrated by the absence of the deep ball and the struggles of the offense.

-- CB Travis Daniels practiced in all drills for the second consecutive day after missing the first two games with a sprained ankle. It's unlikely that Daniels will reclaim his starting spot from Andre Goodman, but he most assuredly will get on the field in nickel situations.

-- LB Derrick Pope didn't participate in team drills for the second straight day or since he strained a hamstring during Sunday's loss to the Bills. He is listed as questionable, but judging from his movement he should be downgraded to doubtful. Pope is one of the teams' top special teams players, and must be replaced by at least 2-3 other players (including LB Channing Crowder and CB Michael Lehan).

-- RG Kendyl Jacox, who replaced injured guard Bennie Anderson lastSunday, is expected to start against the Titans, despite joining the team just two weeks ago. Jacox said he's getting more comfortable with the offense, but is still behind.

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