No Marcus Mariota, no victory for the Tennessee Titans in Miami on Sunday.
While the Titans defense played reasonably well, the offense struggled to put any kind of consistency together in losing 16-10 to the Dolphins Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Titans managed to put together only a third-quarter touchdown drive that came on Matt Cassel’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Supernaw and gave up a late touchdown on a Jay Cutler TD pass to Jarvis Landry from 6 yards out that broke a 10-10 tie.
A first-half touchdown pass of 59 yards from Cassel to Delanie Walker was called back due to a questionable offensive pass interference call on rookie tight end Jonnu Smith. Later on that series, Cassel went back to pass and in throwing the ball away was ruled to have fumbled the ball. Reshad Jones returned it 38 yards for a touchdown with the Titans not pursuing him, thinking that the ball was an incomplete pass.
The loss drops the Titans to 2-3 overall on the season with the Indianapolis Colts up next on Monday Night Football with the big question being whether or not Mariota can come back from his left hamstring injury, or if the Titans offense will continue to suffer without him.
Things started to go awry for the Titans in the first half , after a DeMarco Murray fumble led to a 41-yard field goal for the Dolphins by Cody Parkey.
Then, the game-changing play with both offenses struggling to find any consistency came on the series that ended up with the Jones TD return. That pushed the Dolphins’ lead to 10-0.
Tennessee, which had two takeaways in the game – an interception by Tye Smith and a fumble recovery by Kevin Byard – managed to get a 45-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Succop for their only points of the first half.
The Titans clawed their way back even as Supernaw caught an 11-yard TD pass to atone for his two straight false start penalties on first-and-goal at the 1.
After the Dolphins’ TD to pull ahead, Parkey missed the point after, leaving the door open for the Titans to have a chance. But Tennessee’s offense was never able to put together another drive in losing for the second straight week.
Cassel finished 21 of 32, but had just 141 yards passing. He also was sacked six times in the game.
Murray had 58 yards rushing on 14 carries, while the Titans had just 69 yards on the ground as a team on 20 attempts.