Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Tennessee Titans offense wasted no time in rolling into Miami and scoring quick and in a hurry to blowout the host Miami Dolphins.
The Titans went up 14-0 against the Dolphins in the first quarter and there was no looking back. Heading into halftime, they had a commanding 24-3 lead and it was time to coast after that.
Jake Locker, who had missed the previous five games with a seperated shoulder took over the starting QB position once again and provided a very nice spark for the Titans offense.
Although Locker only completed 9/21 passes for 122 yards it is obvious that the Titans fed off of his energy and needed that jolt. Locker looks to throw the ball down field and get yards in chunks and he does. I will say, every time he tucked the ball and ran I held my breath and closed my eyes. Locker had a beautiful run in the 1st quarter on a play where he slipped in his drop back. On a 1st down, Locker drops back and slips, falls down and immediately gets up and run right up the middle of the Dolphins defense for a 20 yard gain. It was a beautiful play but I’m sure Hasselbeck would have gained 30 on it (that’s a joke).
CJ came into Miami and faced a defense that hadn’t allowed a 100 yard rusher in 22 games. They’re going to have to start a new streak because CJ left town hanging 126 yards and 5.5 yards a carry on the Phins. He was patient, he hit holes, he did what he’s been doing the past six weeks. No more pitter pat tentative play from CJ. He’s back!
The passing game only produced 122 yards so there were not many fireworks, but Kendall Wright did have a nine yard TD catch. Jared Cook had a beautiful 26 yard TD catch in the 3rd quarter that capped the Titans TDs for the day.
The Titans only gained 293 yards, but had 17 first downs and due to the defenses four take aways the offense didnt really have a long field to work with for most of the day.
The Titans definitely took note of Bud putting everybody on notice. They played sound football all afternoon and didn’t look sloppy at all. Maybe moving Palmer and Gray up to the boxes is a panacea….if it is though, why was it not thought of sooner?
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