The Dolphins had their playoff hopes take a big hit with a 37-3 blowout loss to the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Miami (4-5, 1-1 AFC East) was coming off a loss at Indianapolis but was a touchdown favorite against the struggling Titans (4-6, 0-2 AFC South).
It didn't look anything like a winning team.
Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill had the worst game of his career, going 23 of 39 for 217 yards and three interceptions. The eighth-overall pick in April's draft never looked comfortable in the pocket and was often off-target with his short passes despite being hit only twice.
Tennessee QB Jake Locker showed no ill effects of a nagging left shoulder injury. Locker was just 9 of 21 for 122 yards but had two touchdowns. He also rushed for 36 yards on four carries. But the real star for Tennessee was RB Chris Johnson.
The dynamic rusher was amazing against the vaunted Miami rush defense, shredding the unit for 126 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The most impressive of those was a 17-yard scoring run after a fumble by Dolphins RB Reggie Bush. Johnson switched direction several times and made numerous defenders miss as he cruised into the end zone.
When the game turned: Titans LB Colin McCarthy intercepted a tipped pass by Tannehill and returned it 49 yards down the sideline for the second-quarter touchdown. The touchdown made it 21-0.
Highlight moments: Titans rookie WR Kendall Wright ran a fantastic drag route in the red zone and showed great agility and strength to power into the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown. ... Dolphins DB Jimmy Wilson had his second sack in three games on a blitz. … Locker put the game out of reach early in the third quarter when he threw a beautiful rainbow to diving TE Jared Cook, who burned Miami S Reshad Jones for a 26-yard score.
Top shelf performances:
- Dolphins: WR Brian Hartline -- 8 catches, 79 yards
- Dolphins: LB Karlos Dansby -- 6 tackles, pass defended
- Titans: Johnson -- 23 carries, 126 yards, TD
- Titans: CB Jason McCourty -- 9 solo tackles, forced fumble, pass defended
What they said:
- Bush on his first-quarter fumble: "If I was a coach I would have benched myself," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
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Richie Incognitoon a 15-yard personal foul penalty in the second quarter: "I thought the play was still going on,” he told the Palm Beach Post. “Just a dumb mistake on my part."
- Dansby on allowing 4.9 yards per play: "This is the worst one, by far,” he told the Miami Herald. “This is the worst game, by far, we've ever played as a defense."
- Locker on drubbing the Dolphins despite lacking consistency on offense: "Our defense put us in some good situations all day," he told the Associated Press. "It wasn't pretty at times, but we found ways to move the chains."
Numbers you should know: 4 -- The Dolphins committed four turnovers -- three interceptions and a lost fumble -- in the loss to Tennessee. Miami entered the game with a turnover margin of minus-2 for the season. ... 22 -- Consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher for the Dolphins before Johnson ran for 126 yards. ... 8,073 -- Total yards of offense for Johnson in his career after getting 134 against the Dolphins. Only Eddie George, Earl Campbell and Ernest Givins passed the career 8,000 yard mark in franchise history.
Injury update: Both teams appeared to end the game with only minor bumps and bruises. Bush saw limited action after his fumble, but that was due to performance, not health.
Going forward: Dolphins -- They have a short week before heading to Buffalo to face the Bills on Thursday, then they return home to host Seattle in two weeks. Titans -- They have a bye next week before returning to the field to play at Jacksonville on Nov. 25.
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