The (2-2) Miami Dolphins beat the (2-3) Titans 16-10, despite offensive struggles
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Miami Gardens (CBS12) - The (1-2) Miami Dolphins were hoping their first true home game would finally spark their offense. While that was far from the case for most of the game, Miami still managed to beat the (2-2) Tennessee Titans 16-10, thanks to a very impressive defensive performance.
After an absolutely terrible first three quarters on offense, Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler finally threw his first touchdown of the past three games. Cutler capped off a 10 play, 58 yard from with a touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry. Former Jupiter High School kicker Cody Parkey missed the extra point, leaving Miami with a 16-10 lead.
The Dolphins defense stepped up from there, as they did for the entire game. Charles Harris sacked Matt Cassel to end a late 4th quarter drive for the Titans, one of six Dolphins sacks on the day. The most damaging sack happened in the first quarter when Kiko Alonso hit Cassel hard, resulting in a fumble that was scooped it up by Rashad Jones and returned for a 38 yard touchdown, and a 10-0 lead. It was the first time the Dolphins had scored a touchdown in the first half of a game this season.
Chants of "We want Moore", in reference to Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore, were getting louder and louder late in the first half, with Cutler not able to get much of anything going on offense. He finished the first half just 5 of 11 passing for 21 yards, before finishing the game 12 of 26 passing for 91 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
Miami avoided starting the season with a 1-3 record, after having to dig themselves out of a 1-4 hole last season to make the playoffs. The Dolphins don't have any week's off for the remainder of this season because of the postponed season opener caused by Hurricane Irma.
We'll have post game coverage from Hard Rock Stadium at 6:30 PM, and all of your post game reaction and analysis tonight on Fins Final at 11 PM on CBS12.