In one of the least aesthetically pleasing games you will see, the Dolphins defense turned in a dominant performance. The offense did just enough to take home the victory 16-10 in their first true home game of the season. Miami is now 2-2 on the season.
Andre Branch was an absolute monster rushing the passer with two sacks and constant pressure. He was all over the field and the Dolphins defense made life miserable for the Titans offense most of the day. They forced six three-and-outs, two turnovers including a fumble-six by Rashad Jones, and six sacks. First round pick Charles Harris notched his first career sack. The Titans gained only 188 yards in the game, Miami’s run defense continues to be vastly improved as they held the Titans to just 69 yards.
The fans had little patience for Jay Cutler and the offense today as they struggled for the third straight week. CBS reported the temperature felt like 113 and it may have been even hotter on the sidelines after each punt. Miami continues to struggle on offense, lacking not only any threat of the deep ball but also a consistent running game.
Safety Rashad Jones provided the only touchdown of the first half as he recovered a Matt Cassell fumble and took it the distance. Miami got an incredible effort from Jones as he added six solo tackles and a half-sack in addition to the touchdown.
The Dolphins finally started to move the ball on offense in the fourth quarter as the shade covered the Miami sideline. Titans defenders were feeling the heat late in the game, instead of Gatorade they needed IV’s and oxygen. Jay Cutler broke a 10-10 tie with a strike to Jarvis Landry for his first touchdown of the season. Cody Parkey missed the extra point and Miami led 16-10. Landry had ten targets on the day as DeVante Parker went out with an injury. Cutler finished with just 92 yards passing on the day, Jay Ajayi finished strong in the second half and ended the day with 77 yards on 25 carries.
Miami will need another superb effort from the defense next week as they travel to Atlanta to face the NFC Champion Falcons.