When you look at the numbers associated with the Tennessee Titans latest embarrassing loss, some of them are very sobering while others are staggering to try to comprehend.
It could be easy to pile on the team and head coach Ken Whisenhunt at this moment, and while that is not the intent here, it is hard to avoid the fact behind the numbers that have been produced under Whisenhunt's direction.
Now twenty-one game into his tenure as the teams head coach, he has produced a record of 3 and 18, while going 1 and 11 at home to this point.The lone win came by the slimmest of margins last season when Sammie Hill blocked a last second field goal attempt by Jacksonville to preserve a 16-14 Titans win.
Fans left Nissan Stadium on Sunday dismayed by watching another Titans loss.
In Sunday's loss to Miami, the Titans managed to rush for 63 yards against the defense ranked last in the NFL in rushing yrad allowed per game (160.5), as the Titans never got on track to make the running game a weapon against the Dolphins.
Likewise, the Dolphins, who were allowing 245. 8 yards per game passing held the Titans to 236 yards on the day.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota finished the game 21 of 33 for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. His final quarterback rating was 67.6, the lowest of his young NFL career.
Backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger finished the game for Mariota, who suffered a knee injury in the second quarter, but remained in the game. He finished the game 5 of 8 for 63 yards and an 87.0 passer rating.
The Titans did manage to win the penalty battle, as Miami was flagged 9 times for 97 yards versus the Titans 7 penaltie for 50 yards, but even the yardage differential on penalties couldn't help the Titans stay close on Sunday.
For the game, the Dolphins outgained the Titans 434 total yards to 299. It's hard to win when you are outgained by over one hundred yards in a single game.
Miami won the time of possession battle, though it was close as Miami posted 31:53 compared to the Titans 28:07.
The Titans also lost the turnover battle as they fumbled twice and were intercepted twice compared to the Dolphins, whose quarterback Ryan Tannehillwas intercepted twice on the day.