Strong Defensive Effort Fuels Dolphins In 16-10 Win Over Tennessee

Mariota wanted to play this week, but was limited to stationary throwing in practice, so he isn't ready to take the field. He was designated a game-time decision for the matchup.

But what transpired after that was a complete collapse, resulting in three more turnovers from backup quarterback Matt Cassel as the Titans were outscored 27-0 in the second half on their way to being completely blown out. The 2014 Heisman Trophy victor, Mariota is also a threat on the ground as he averaged 5.8 yards per attempt and rushed for 349 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Of all the problems the Dolphins have had this season, their defense has been solid, especially against the run and have done it against more prolific passers than Mariota in Philip Rivers and Drew Brees.

Stills is one of those big-play types who disappears for large stretches, full games even, without doing much, and then can suddenly strike for a long touchdown catch.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota's hamstring injury could need 2-to-4 weeks of recovery time according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The main issue for Tennessee this season has been the defense, which is giving up 31.5 points and 397.8 yards per game.

Pundits have criticized Cutler his entire career and they have begun in Miami after only 3 games.

His lone start in two-tone blue came in Week 17 of last season against a Houston Texans team that had already claimed the title of AFC South Champions.

The Titans could be without starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The 29-year-old veteran went just 1-10 for the Niners last season, but he threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 468 yards and two scores. Matt Cassel will remain on the sidelines.

"He's just really what we're looking for", Gase says.

It was an extremely important win for the Dolphins after they lost back-to-back ugly games to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.

And given that Mariota's running is an integral part of his game, the Titans must monitor that part of things, as well.

Dolphins: at Atlanta next Sunday.

There might not be two more beleaguered units in the National Football League than the Dolphins offense and the Titans defense.

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