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The Miami Dolphins defense had their way with a depleted New Orleans Saints team on Monday Night Football, posting 8 sacks and 2 interceptions during that 20-3 win, their seventh in a row, the only NFL team to ever have both a seven-game losing and winning streak in the same season, and QB Tua Tagovailoa and HC Brian Flores want to add at least one more win.
The Tennessee Titans are ranked in about the middle of the NFL on both sides of the ball, and despite losing arguably the best running back in the league, Derrick Henry, to injury, they are in the hunt for the number one AFC playoff seed, and now QB Ryan Tannehill hopes to help his solid Titans stay a game ahead in the AFC South by taking care of these ever-winning Dolphins.
These two AFC rivals have faced each other 38 other times (including 1 postseason game), with the Tennessee Titans winning 17 of those games and the Miami Dolphins winning 21 of the games. Check out best NFL promo codes and bonuses!
Sure, the Dolphins faced a Saints team on Monday Night Football who were starting a rookie QB for his first pro game and half their roster seemed to be out due to covid, but Miami did what Miami has been doing and that is rushing the passer with authority and effectiveness.
In that win over the Saints, the Phins posted eight sacks on their QB, and currently, the team leads the NFL is that category, so far with 45 total team sacks in 2021, a front line aided by tight coverage by a secondary that has intercepted 13 passes on the season.
Now as the Dolphins attempt to add another win to their seven-game victory streak, they face a Titans offensive line that has allowed Ryan Tannehill to be sacked 45 times this season, so watch for Miami to get busy on Sunday and start adding more sacks to their already hefty total.
Titans star RB Derrick Henry hurt his foot in Week 8 and has been out ever since, yet still, Tennessee’s run game is ranked 4th in the league in production, a sign that rushing life has carried on without their backfield playmaker which says something about the depth of this team.
Now the Titans average almost 140 yards on the ground per game, with all those Henry carries now going to D’Onta Foreman, Jeremy McNichols, and Dontrell Hilliard with some stellar blocking provided by fullback Khari Blasingame.
Tennessee’s offensive line starters have been affected by Covid, right now with LT Taylor Lewan and RG Nate Davis both listed as questionable until they can pass through protocols, a tough break if they cannot play since a win here keeps the Titans in line for the first AFC seed.
One of the many bright spots on this young Dolphins roster is rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, the Alabama alum who has become a key target for QB Tua Tagovailoa, especially during this seven-game win streak that the Miami team has been enjoying.
Waddle is decent sized at 5’ 10” and 182 pounds, the 23-year-old first-round pick (6th selection overall) proving to be an excellent route runner who can get open and earn yards after the catch, this season with 96 receptions for 941 yards and 5 TDs plus 2 carries for 3 yards and another TD.
Keep your eye on Waddle’s matchup all game with CBs Kristian Fulton and Janoris Jenkins on the Tennessee side, the battle should go on all day and the young Waddle will most likely see some double teams with whatever safety can keep up with him going deep.
Though the Titans have had Ryan Tannehill under center for the last three seasons, he started out his career in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins in 2012, never winning more than eight games in a season for them in all the time he was there.
Now with Tennessee, Tannehill seems like an entirely different QB, his ability to adjust play calls to the defense and to throw the deep ball making him a solid franchise QB answer for the Titans who in 2020 gave him a four-year extension worth $118 million, with $62 million guaranteed.
This season Tannehill has thrown 321 completions for 3,327 yards and 15 touchdowns with a league-leading 14 interceptions while leading his team to ten wins and a first-place slot in the AFC South, a win here another important step forward to set the Titans up for the postseason.
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|Dolphins vs Titans Information|
|What||Miami Dolphins vs Tennessee Titans|
|Where||Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN|
|When||Sunday, January 2, 2022; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
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