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Titans (3-6) Play Dolphins (4-4) Sunday in Miami

Posted Nov 5, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans (3-6) travel to Miami this week to face the Dolphins (4-4).  Kickoff at Sun Life Stadium (capacity 75,192) is scheduled for noon CT on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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THE BROADCAST

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5.  Spero Dedes will handle play-by-play duties while Steve Tasker provides analysis.

The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.

LAST WEEK

The Titans hosted the Chicago Bears last week at LP Field and were unable to keep up with the current leaders of the NFC North.  The Bears scored 28 points in the first quarter and forced five total turnovers in a 51-20 victory.

The Titans’ four lost fumbles and one interception led to a total of 21 points for the Bears, who added a touchdown on a blocked punt.  Quarterback Jay Cutler completed 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards and three touchdown passes to wide receiver Brandon Marshall, while on the ground, Matt Forte accounted for 103 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.  

In the loss, Titans running back Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards on 16 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown.  It was his fifth career touchdown run of 80 yards or longer, extending his NFL record.

Johnson recorded his third 100-yard game in the past six weeks.  He has rushed for 691 yards during that time period, second only to Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (727).  Since entering the NFL in 2008, Johnson has 28 games with at least 110 rushing yards.  He is tied with Jim Brown for the second-most games with 110 or more rushing yards in a player’s first five seasons.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, starting for the fifth straight week due to Jake Locker’s left (non-throwing) shoulder injury, was 20-of-35 for 195 yards against the Bears.  He completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Washington.

THE DOLPHINS

The Dolphins are halfway through the first year of a new era.  During the offseason, they hired former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as the 10th coach in team history.

The Dolphins also identified a new franchise quarterback in the offseason.  With the eighth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, they chose Texas A&M signal caller Ryan Tannehill.  Starting all eight games this season, Tannehill has completed 142 of 241 passes for 1,762 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions (78.2 passer rating).

Last week, the Dolphins traveled to Indianapolis and had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Colts.   Despite 290 passing yards and a touchdown from Tannehill and an 18-yard touchdown run by Miami tailback Reggie Bush, the Colts used a late field goal to escape with a 23-20 win.

BYE TO FOLLOW

This week’s trip to Miami marks Tennessee’s final game before taking their Week 11 bye. It is their latest bye since the NFL introduced the off week in 1990.
In the “Titans era” (1999-present), the Titans are 8-5 before the bye and 8-5 after it.  Against the Dolphins they will be looking to break a three-game losing streak in games before the bye.

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