Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese had a career-high 349 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Oilers, but it wasn't enough to overcome the running of Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, who finished with 199 yards and four touchdowns. If Miami could get him going again, it would mean that Jay Cutler would be able to work off play-action instead of having to carry the offense. There have been rumblings about a possible QB change, but the Dolphins have showed no signs of turning to Matt Moore quite yet.
The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back after being shut out by the New Orleans Saints in week 4 by a final score of 20-0 to fall to 1-2 this season. The Dolphins defense started off strong, keeping Brees and his weapons in check for a good chunk of the game. Ahead of its tilt with the Dolphins, Tennessee ruled Mariota out of the game with a pulled hamstring.
Jay Ajayi is clearly the Dolphins' bell cow, but if the team would like to keep him relatively healthy this season, it's imperative that the likes of Kenyan Drake and Damien Williams get involved. The Baltimore Ravens are just behind them on 2-2, and the Steelers will be hoping to ramp things up over the coming weeks to put more space between themselves and the chasing pack in the division. Both teams are under pressure at the top of their respective divisions and there is no room at this time for any slip ups if they want to maintain the top spots. The Dolphins helped them fix that and build some confidence. Another poor showing from Cutler in this one however could change that. Miami's offense struggled mightily for the second straight game, managing only 186 total yards of offense.
The Titans and Dolphins have faced off 36 times since 1966 when the Titans were still the Houston Oilers. Establishing an effective ground attack by deploying DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry early and often will be a key for Cassel to have success. Ndamukong Suh, Cam Wake, and the rest of that defense has to like their chances should that be the case.
Miami third-round draft pick Cordrea Tankersley made his National Football League debut last week and played so well he's staying in the starting lineup.