Mariota (hamstring) inactive against Dolphins

Mariota (hamstring) inactive against Dolphins”

But Mariota just ran for two TDs for the first time in his career, the franchise's first quarterback with two TDs rushing since Steve McNair against New England on October 5, 2003. The Miami Dolphins are at 1-2.

The Titans couldn't get out of their own way, either.

The Dolphins had a promising outlook going into this season, but that all fell apart when QB Ryan Tannehill was lost to a torn ACL. He was solid in their first game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but has struggled since.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that makes a tough assignment for his defensive coaches with Mariota and Cassel so different.

KERN SETS SINGLE-GAME FRANCHISE RECORD: Brett Kern punted 10 times for 549 yards with no blocks and no touchbacks, averaging 54.9 yards per attempt.

The lack of success for this Miami team belies how efficient the defense has been. He still thinks that Cutler deserves to start over backup Matt Moore because he hasn't turned the ball over that much (two interceptions in three games) and created a tense atmosphere in the locker room. "They have no idea how hard it is to adjust your offense for somebody like that". Ndamukong Suh, Cam Wake, and the rest of that defense has to like their chances should that be the case.

Tennessee gained just 69 yards on 20 carries, good for an average of 3.5 yards per run. As a result, Miami leads Tennessee 10-0 in the second quarter.

If Rapoport's timeline is accurate, it looks like Mariota will sit out Week 5 and beyond.

FIRST-HALF DEFENSE: In the first half, the Titans defense allowed only two first downs and 62 total yards.

But the question of where the Titans end up without Mariota isn't an answer the team or the fans are going to like.

He was signed as insurance at the position with Tennessee uncertain about the status of starter Marcus Mariota with a hamstring injury. If Matt plays, it probably changes for them. "We just talked last week about how you thought Delanie Walker getting a death threat cost them the game". Another poor showing from Cutler in this one however could change that. Fasano and Gray are both superior to Thomas in run blocking, and it might be necessary to have Fasano and Gray on the field simultaneously in order to give Jay Ajayi room to run.

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