The Titans have won their first game after their bye in each of the last four seasons. Under head coach Jeff Fisher, the team is 9-6 all-time in post-bye contests.
The Titans are 15-17 all-time against the Dolphins, including a 27-24 overtime win on Dec. 20 last year at LP Field. In that game, the Titans took an 18-point lead in the second half, but the Dolphins came back to tie the game 24-24 in the the final two minutes of regulation. However, an interception by Titans safety Michael Griffin in overtime led to a game-winning 46-yard field goal by Rob Bironas.
This week's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties, while Dan Fouts will provide 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, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
Additionally, Westwood One Radio Sports will carry the national radio broadcast. Howard David (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will provide the call.
TABLE SET FOR SECOND HALF OF SEASON
Before their bye, the Titans traveled to San Diego (Oct. 31) and lost to the Chargers by a final score of 33-25. Quarterback Vince Young passed for a season-high 253 passing yards and two touchdowns before leaving the contest in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury. Kerry Collins played in relief of Young, who initially injured the same ankle Oct. 18.
Despite the loss, the 5-3 Titans are in a tie with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the closely-contested AFC South, the NFL's only division with all four teams at .500 or better. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans are one game behind the Titans and Colts at 4-4. Over the next eight weeks, the Titans will play five total games against the Colts, Jaguars and Texans. Their only divisional game to date was a win at Jacksonville on Oct. 18.
The Titans enter this week as the highest scoring team in the NFL. They are averaging 28.0 points per game and have the league's best scoring differential (9.3 points per game). Young is second in the NFL with a 103.1 passer rating, while running back Chris Johnson's 721 rushing yards rank fifth. The Titans have forced 19 turnovers, which is tied for second in the league, and they have the NFL's stingiest red-zone defense (28.6 touchdown percentage).
While the Titans rested, the Dolphins dropped a 26-10 decision last week at Baltimore. Quarterback Chad Henne completed 22 of 34 passes for 231 yards, but he was victimized three times by interceptions. Miami's only touchdown came on a 12-yard run by running back Ronnie Brown. The Ravens totaled 402 yards and held the ball for over 38 minutes.
TITANS ACQUIRE MOSS
During the bye week, the Titans were awarded wide receiver Randy Moss off waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. Moss, who is eligible to play this week at Miami, is in his 13th NFL season. Originally a first-round draft choice (21st overall) by the Vikings in 1998, he spent his first seven NFL campaigns in Minnesota (1998-04). He went to the Oakland Raiders for the 2005 and 2006 seasons and then spent three-plus seasons with the New England Patriots (2007-10). In 2010, Moss played four games with the Patriots before being dealt to the Vikings on Oct. 6. He was waived Nov. 2.
Moss is among the NFL's all-time leaders in several statistical categories, ranking ninth in receptions (948) and fifth in receiving yards (14,778). Furthermore, only one other player, Jerry Rice (197), has recorded more career receiving touchdowns than Moss, who has 153.