But Mariota just ran for two TDs for the first time in his career, the franchise's first quarterback with two TDs rushing since Steve McNair against New England on October 5, 2003.
What a showdown. Will the Dolphins (1-2) break out?
The Titans took an absolute beating on the road in Week 4 at the hands of the division rival Texans, losing 57-14 to drop to 2-2.
The 6-foot-1 Tankersley supplanted veteran Byron Maxwell, who might be back in the starting lineup this week because Xavien Howard is nursing a shoulder injury. Moreover, the Titans have prepared Matt Cassel to start Week 5 while signing Brandon Weeden off the streets for depth. This change could easily determine the outcome of the game, with Mariota being a dominant force at times.More news: The father of the Las Vegas assailant was a psychotic bank robber
They've played each of the last two seasons, with both teams winning on the road. One way for the Dolphins to keep Cutler protected is executing short rhythm passes that don't take much time to develop. "We just talked last week about how you thought Delanie Walker getting a death threat cost them the game", Reese said. The well-traveled Dolphins have ventured to Los Angeles, New Jersey and London for their first three contests - with Jay Ajayi's rushing game being grounded with just 62 yards in the last two.
If the Dolphins desire to have success in the passing game, they must keep Jay Cutler upright. The Titans have been involved in four high-scoring games so far and have scored 70 points combined in their two wins. Miami's defense has been pretty decent at 19.0 points allowed per game, but the team obviously need a game-changer on the offensive end of the field.
The home fans in his first home game should give him a loud reception and support. While New England's defense is the worst in the National Football League on a yards per play basis and one good game doesn't mean the Carolina offense is back, the Lions will likely be down a few key defensive contributors themselves, so the success of what had been a pitiful Panthers offense may have been a little more than a one-time occurrence.
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