The Miami Dolphins won in front of their home fans for the first time this season today, defeating the Tennessee Titans 29-17.
It was a game of transition for the Fins, as they saw new starting quarterback Chad Pennington last just two plays before injuring his shoulder, and then old starting quarterback Chad Henne get knocked out of the game late in the third quarter.
The Miami Dolphins look for their first home win of the 2010 season as they welcome the Tennessee Titans to Sun Life Stadium. This is the 32nd all-time meeting between these two franchises and the 9th since the Titans moved from Houston to Tennessee. Last season, the Fins dropped a 27-24 decision in overtime to the Titans in Nashville, but have won two of the last three meetings between the teams.
The start of Dolphins practice brought back the return of rapper Chad Pennington. Master “P” first burst onto the scene back on October 15th when he lip synched his first Eminem rap. Now, coming off the announcement this week that he was returning behind center as the team’s starting quarterback, Pennington chose “Lose Yourself’ to loosen up his teammates during the stretch prior to practice getting underway.
The Dolphins defense is determined to do a better job tackling this Sunday against the Titans. Last week, the unit had problems taking proper angles and bringing down players such as Ray Rice with the Ravens.
The defense will be tested against one of the best running backs in football in the Titans Chris Johnson. He ran for 104 yards in last season’s game against the Dolphins and needs just 45 yards for 4,000 for his career.
For the final time before Sunday’s game against the Titans, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano met with the media and spoke about several key issues that will be facing the team on Sunday, including Round 2 between Vontae Davis and Randy Moss. Sparano said that he expects that the Titans will line Moss up in some different places on the field, something that New England did not do in their Monday night meeting with the Fins.
The veteran wide-out, who has 10 touchdown receptions in 10 games against the Dolphins, will make his Titans debut needing just 4 catches to pass former Buffalo Bill Andre Reed for the 8th most receptions in NFL history with 952.
They’ll be facing a Titans team that is a plus-6 in the turnover ratio, producing points off of the AFC’s best 13 interceptions they’ve reeled in so far this season.