With three games remaining in the regular season, the Titans-Dolphins matchup could have playoff implications. The Dolphins enter the week tied with the New York Jets for second place in the AFC East, one game behind the 8-5 New England Patriots. The Titans maintained their narrow Wild Card hopes with a 47-7 victory last week over the St. Louis Rams.
Prior to the Dolphins game, fans are encouraged to participate in the annual Nurses For Newborns Baby Shower Drive. Items such as baby wipes, diapers and baby food will be collected at several collection sites outside of LP Field and then donated to Nurses For Newborns, which serves at-risk babies and their families across Middle Tennessee.
This Sunday's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Dick Enberg will handle play-by-play duties, while Dan Fouts will provide color commentary. The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 103.3-WKDF, 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.
In last week's victory over the Rams, the Titans accumulated 446 yards on offense and intercepted five passes on defense. Their 40-point margin of victory was the fifth-largest in franchise history, while their 47 points tied for the fourth-highest sum by the club since the the start of the 1990 season. Quarterback Vince Young completed six of eight passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. However, at the end of a career-long 44-yard run in the second quarter, he injured his right hamstring and was forced out of the game. Kerry Collins relieved Young and passed for 154 yards and a score.
Chris Johnson, the NFL's leading rusher with 1,626 yards, scored on runs of 39 and three yards and added a 66-yard touchdown reception. His 117 rushing yards gave him a franchise-record eight consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards. Also, Johnson became the fifth player in NFL history (Jim Brown, Walter Payton, O.J. Simpson and Priest Holmes) to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in his team's first 13 games of the season. Johnson's 2,017 scrimmage yards this season already account for a franchise record.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins went to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium and handed the Jaguars a 14-10 loss. The Dolphins are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Running back Ricky Williams, who has 975 rushing yards this season, has four 100-yard rushing efforts in the last five weeks. Against the Jaguars he set a season high with 28 attempts for 108 yards and one touchdown. Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, a 2008 second-round draft pick, is 7-3 as a starter this season. At one point against the Jaguars he completed a team-record 17 consecutive passes.