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Sep 1, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (30) is tackled by Tennessee Titans linebacker Curtis Grant (58) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Tennessee won 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins and Titans Battle it Out; Both 1-3

To kick off week 5 of the NFL, the Miami Dolphins will host the Tennessee Titans at on Sunday at 1 o’clock p.m. The Miami Dolphins’ record is 1-3 after their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 22-7 last week. The Tennessee Titan’s record is also 1-3 after their loss last week to the Houston Texans with a final score of 27-20.

Although the Titans have the same record as the Dolphins, they have had a difficult schedule so far. They lost to the Vikings who are 4-0, the Raiders who are 3-1, and the Texans who are 3-1.

The Dolphins lost to the Seahawks who are 2-1, the Patriots who are 3-1, and the Bengals who are 2-2. Although  the Dolphins did beat the Browns, their record is 0-3. Gase met with the media to discuss their overtime victory.

Injuries for the Dolphins

  • Xavien Howard, a Dolphins rookie cornerback, had a knee injury during Tuesday’s practice. There is some uncertainty that he will be able to play against Tennessee. Howard also had a knee injury during the summer. Byron Maxwell would most likely take Howard’s place.
  • Arian Foster, a Dolphin’s running back, may not play for a third game in a row due to a hamstring and groin injury. Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake would play for Foster is he is not ready.

Injuries for the Titans

Dolphins skip Thursday Practice

While Sunday’s game is just around the corner, the Dolphins are not practicing on this Thursday due to Hurricane Matthew. Head Coach Adam Gase says the importance of hurricane prepping.

 

How Both Teams Have Played

Sep 1, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) hands a fan his baseball cap as he leaves the field after defeating the Miami Dolphins 21-10 at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In regards to the Titans last game, quarterback Marcus Mariota had less than half of his passes completed. 13 out 29 passes were completed for a total of 202 yards. Mariota did add 20 yards from 4 interceptions though. De Marco had two touchdowns as well as 95 yards.
Delanie Walker had 34 yards in two catches, while Rishard Matthews had 82 yards in two catches.

Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) warms up prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In regards to the Miami Dolphins last game, the Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed more than half of his passes. 15 out of 25 were completed for a total of 189 yards. Tannehill also had a touchdown from an interception.  Ajayi also rushed 33 yards over a span of 6 times. Devante Parker added 20 yards from two interceptions, and Stills had a 74-yard reception that lead to a touchdown. Throughout seven catches Jarvis Landry had 61 yards.

What to Look out For in the Game

Will Mariota increase the percentage of the completion of his passes?

If Maxwell plays for Howard, will the Dolphins defense mesh well together or fall apart?

Will Titans’ rookie Austin Johnson have his chance to shine?

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