While Miami’s offense ended its scoring slump, credit a dominant defensive effort for the Dolphins 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Dolphins defense made dynamic, timely plays all afternoon. The unit got to work early in the first quarter, forcing a DeMarco Murray fumble that set up a field goal.
With a 3-0 lead, Miami (2-2) added a defensive score a few minutes later. Kiko Alonso blitzed up the middle and forced a Matt Cassel fumble that Reshad Jones scooped up and took back for six points. An early 10-0 lead was enough for the Dolphins defense to hold off a Titans offense missing starting quarterback Marcus Mariota, but Miami’s offense would need to end a seven-quarter scoring drought to secure a victory.
After the Titans (2-3) tied the game at 10-10 in the third quarter, the Dolphins offense stepped up and found the end zone when Jay Cutler connected with Jarvis Landry for a six-yard touchdown. Landry’s score proved to be the game-winner, launching the Dolphins back up to a .500 record.
Miami faces another tough test next Sunday against the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons, who are coming off a bye week.
Written by: Ben Faunce