NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** The Tennessee Titans (2-2) travel this week to face the Miami Dolphins (1-2). Kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium (capacity 64,767) is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT on Sunday, Oct. 8.
This is the third consecutive season in which the Titans and Dolphins have played and the second straight year the Dolphins have hosted the meeting. In 2015, the Dolphins took a 38-10 decision at Nissan Stadium, and the Titans returned the favor with a 30-17 win in South Florida in 2016. Miami leads the all-time series 19-17.
The game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Play-by-play announcer Andrew Catalon and analyst James Lofton will call the action.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Dave McGinnis, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
Additionally, Sports USA will broadcast the Titans-Dolphins game to a national radio audience. Play-by-play announcer Josh Appel and analyst Hank Bauer will have the call.
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The Titans entered last week on a two-game winning streak, having defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road and the Seattle Seahawks at home. However, their momentum was halted in Houston. The Texans used five total touchdowns—four passing and one rushing—by rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to cruise to a 57-14 victory.
In the loss, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota did not play in the second half due to a hamstring injury. Prior to exiting, he recorded his first career performance with two or more rushing touchdowns. In the second quarter, he scored on a 34-yard run to give him the third-longest rushing attempt of his career. On the next drive, he scored on a two-yard rushing attempt and in doing so became the first Titans quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Steve McNair at New England on Oct. 5, 2003.
Also in the contest, tight end Delanie Walker reached a pair of milestones. He became the eighth active NFL tight end to reach 5,000 career receiving yards, joining Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen, Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and
Benjamin Watson. Also, Walker reached 300 receptions as a member of the Titans. Only nine other players, including only one tight end (Frank Wycheck), have accomplished the feat in franchise history.
This will mark the first appearance by the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium during the 2017 regular season. Their Week 1 home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was postponed until Nov. 19 due to Hurricane Irma, and they subsequently played the San Diego Chargers (19-17 win) and New York Jets (20-6 loss) on the road in Weeks 2 and 3.
Last week the Dolphins traveled to London to face the New Orleans Saints. Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns, and the Saints defense kept the Dolphins off the scoreboard to win 20-0.
The Dolphins are in their second season under head coach Adam Gase. The former Broncos and Bears offensive coordinator led the Dolphins to a 10-6 record in 2016 and became the fourth head coach in franchise history to lead the team to the postseason in his first year as head coach. Gase's staff includes a trio of former Titans assistant coaches: defensive coordinator Matt Burke, wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and assistant head coach/linebackers Frank Bush.
Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was signed by the club during training camp after an injury to incumbent Ryan Tannehill. The former Vanderbilt Commodore is in his 12th NFL season, having spent three years in Denver (2006–2008) and the next eight years in Chicago (2009–2016). In 2017, he has completed 70 of 105 passes for 614 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the team's all-time series against the Miami Dolphins. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)