The Titans and Dolphins will play in Miami as scheduled because the worst of Hurricane Matthew has stayed offshore. However the storms surrounding both teams will get ratcheted up if either team loses this game Sunday. Both teams come in 1-and-3 and desperate for a win. The Dolphins look to reboot their season while the Titans look to get their quarterback and receivers back on track. With that, let’s dive into our Four Keys.
First, the Titans wide-receivers have to step up and help out quarterback Marcus Mariota. There have been rumblings the wide-receivers have not ran precise route, Mariota has regressed since Terry Robiskie began calling plays and head coach Mike Mularkey is shielding his QB from criticism. What shuts up the outside noise the fastest is a comprehensive performance in the passing game against a skittish and underperforming Miami Dolphins squad.
Secondly, the Titans defense has played very well this season and they must continue by preventing Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have converted 65 first downs this season, they’ve converted 12-of-45 3rd downs this season (a paltry 26.7%). Both stats are worst in the AFC. They haven’t had Arian Foster for a lot this season and he’s questionable to play Sunday. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau’s defense has given up 350 yards per game, 6th best in the conference and 21 points per game.
Thirdly, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry cannot get busy against the Titans defense. He is really good in the screen game and the Dolphins’ offense loves to get their playmakers in space, force a missed tackle and gain plenty of yards after the catch. That’s one principle of the West Coast Offense. The Titans must account for him, especially if tight end Jordan Cameron does not play.
Lastly, Safety Da’Norris Searcy (ankle), cornerback Cody Riggs (hamstring) and defensive lineman Al Woods (calf) did not practice on Friday, and they’ve been ruled out for Sunday. Tackle Jack Conklin (shoulder) and tight end Jace Amaro (shoulder) remain on the injury report, but they’re expected to be available. Both players participated in Friday’s practice.