The Miami Dolphins will face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville this coming weekend. Miami just notched a dominant win over the Saints and are for now in the Playoffs. The Titans on the other hand are 10-5 with a shot at having the number one seed in the AFC. Tennessee is favorited by 3.5 in this game. Furthermore, according to ESPN, the Titans have a 62 percent chance to win. This article will preview the Miami Dolphins Week 17 game.
Looking at the Titans
The Titans have been good for most but can be shaky at times. Ryan Tannehill has had a down year compared to other seasons with Tennessee. He has 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Tannehill has not had that many interceptions since earlier in his career with the Dolphins. Although, he does have a lot of weapons at his disposal this season. AJ Brown had a whale of a game against the 49ers, where he had 145 yards and one touchdown. This was after being out with an injury for a month. He was most of the Titans passing offense in that game.
The Titans also have Derrick Henry at running back who is one of the elite running backs in the league. He has been out with an Injury recently but has been rumored to return soon. Henry has close to 1,000 yards on the year and 10 touchdowns. D’Onta Foreman has been in his place, as he has been decent with 365 yards and two touchdowns on the year.
This is a Winnable game for the Dolphins
The Dolphins have had stellar defense during their seven-game winning streak. They have done it mostly by blitzing nonstop. Tannehill and the Titans’ offense could very well struggle on offense in this game. As said before Tannehill has struggled with turnovers all year. Furthermore, if the Dolphins defense can harass Tannehill enough, they will be able to force mistakes and put the Titans behind the chains with sacks. Emmanuel Ogbah is the leader in sacks this season for this Dolphins team as he has nine sacks on the season.
As for the Offense, Tua Tagovailoa has had a good year, but is prone to mistakes. Tagovailoa can make some bad reads throwing the ball and can sometimes be inaccurate. His trouble has honestly been because of the offensive line. The O-line has struggled to protect him and has taken a lot of sacks because of that. When the offensive line does protect him, he is accurate and gets the job done throwing the ball. He has 2,339 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. He will have to get the ball to some of his receiving weapons such rookie standout Jaylen Waddle and Devante Parker. Furthermore, Mike Gesicki is a dangerous tight end who is basically a wide receiver for this Dolphins’ offense. He is the second leading pass catcher for the Dolphins as he 707 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Dolphins have already stunned the Ravens this year and has a good chance at beating the number one team in the AFC South.
Prediction for this Game
Overall, this game is a toss-up. No one can count out the Miami with how good they have been the past several weeks. They also have playoff implications for this game, with a loss they could very well find themselves on the outside looking in again if other contenders win their games. The key for the Titans will be to get the ball to A.J. Brown and to establish the running game. It would also be crucial to get some of their other receivers involved in this game to prevent their offense from being predictable. This will be a close game throughout, but the Dolphins’ defense will be the difference. It is predicted that this game will be low-scoring, but Miami should pull this game out at the end.
Predicted score: Dolphins: 17- Titans: 14
This concludes this Preview of the Miami Dolphins Week 17 game.