Dolphins beat Titans despite lackluster offensive performance

Sheri Evans
October 9, 2017

Mariota, however, is completely ready to play if he can manage it.

Through the first four weeks of the season, the Miami Dolphins have the NFL's worst statistical offense. Mariota could be good to go as early as Week 6 if he's ultimately ruled inactive later today.

He also shouldn't face a ton of pressure, as the Titans' offensive line has been superb in pass protection so far this season. Of all the problems the Dolphins have had this season, their defense has been solid, especially against the run and have done it against more prolific passers than Mariota in Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.

He came up with the first touchdown of the game for the victorious Dolphins and did a whole lot more.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota is going to be a game-time decision, and therefore might not be playing the game against the Dolphins. he is out due to a hamstring injury.

Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips practiced all this week despite an ankle injury, but he will not play against the Titans on Sunday. That brought in third quarterback Tyler Thigpen to finish out the game.

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ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (1-2): Miami mustered a last-second touchdown pass to avoid a shutout against the New York Jets on September 24, but it wasn't as fortunate last week in a 20-0 loss to New Orleans.

Miami came in ranked last in the National Football League in points and yards per game, and struggled against a Titans team that allowed 57 points against Houston a week ago.

Matt Cassel will start in his place. Reese explains that Weeden knows he has to "conform exactly to whatever it is they want", while Kaepernick would need the offense to adjust to him. Cassel completed 16 of his 26 pass attempts for 150 yards and one touchdown. As if that weren't enough, they had to do so after an embarrassing loss to division foe the New York Jets. Weeden spent most of the rest of his time running the scout team just to get some work.

While the play here is on the Titans, the handicap is nearly all about the Dolphins.

It's unlikely he'll ever see the field for the Titans, but if he does and he performs badly, many fans will be wondering if the team should have signed Kaepernick instead. Cassel led a 48-28 victory, going 30 of 43 for 415 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

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