Week 6 Preview: Dolphins at Titans

Dolphins @ Titans (-1.5)
1:00PM Kickoff- Nissan Stadium
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Buereline

After a very busy week, the Miami Dolphins look to get back to business in the football sense.  The Dolphins come into Tennessee with a renewed hope for their dreadful start.  After the firing of Joe Philbin, the Dolphins promoted tight ends coach Dan Campbell to be their head coach.  Within the first few days, Campbell made many moves.  He started with the hiring of long time offensive coach Al Saunders to assist Bill Lazor and fired defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.  While these moves are a start, it is by no means the correction to the current problems.  Miami ranks near dead last in defense and offense in most major categories.  They will look to get that turned around against a stingy group coached by Dick Lebeau. 

Dan Campbell has stated it starts with being more aggressive on both sides of the ball.  In his first practice, Campbell started out with full pads and the Oklahoma drill, pitting offense versus defense one on one.  He wants more intensity, which is needed after Philbin's lack of it for 3+ years.  The problems really seem to stem from lack of running the ball and lack of stopping it, area's that made the offense successful last season and the defense for the first 10 weeks in stopping the run.  There is hope that will change this week, with Miami bringing in a more simplified attack on both sides of the ball.

On the other side, the Titans will look to rebound after a tough loss to the Buffalo Bills last week 14-13.  They were unable to hold on to the lead late, with the Bills applying pressure to Mariota and making him make bad decisions with the football.  These teams are quite evenly matched offensively, with both struggling to run the football and put up points.  The biggest difference is defensively, where the Titans rank 3rd overall in yard allowed per game.  They are only allowing offenses to convert 31% of third down attempts, an area where Miami struggles as well. 

This game is vital.  If the Dolphins do not find a way to rebound and string together a couple wins (Titans/Texans are a good start), this season will continue to downward spiral.  With a new head coach and hopefully a new mentality, the Dolphins can find a way to pull this one out.  I believe THEY WILL, establishing the run in the process and not turning the ball over.  Getting a lead early is important, as the Titans have shown an inability to come back.  Will the Dolphins start quick?  We all hope.

Dolphins 24 Titans 23

Season record 2-2