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November 12, 2012

G9: Tennessee 37, Dolphins 3 (Final): Miami embarrassed in worst home loss since expansion-era 1968

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G9: TENNESSEE @ DOLPHINS: Final: Embarrassing. What else need be said? Miami's worst home loss (by margin) since expansion-era 1968. Playoff hopes, shattered for now. ..... 4Q: Garbage time. Matt Moore in at QB. ... Zach Brown has Tannehill's third interception. ... Titans add 38-yard FG for 34-3 lead. Will this game never end? ..... 3Q: Chris Johnson surpasses 100 yards, ending Miami's 22-game streak. ... Reggie Bush back in game for first time since his 1Q fumble. ... Jake Locker to Jared Cook 26-yard scoring pass over Reshad Jones and Miami now buried 31-3. This has segued from rout to embarrassment. ..... Half: Did not see this coming. Wow. Nothing happening offensively. Tannehill with two INTs and a 40.7 passer rating. A meager six first downs. Bush benched after his lost fumble. Do you believe in miracles? 2Q: Turnover leads to 37-yard Titans FG and 24-3 Dolphins hole just before half. ... Titan Akeem Ayers outfights Anthony Fasano for ball for a Tannehill INT in Dolphins territory. ... Miami on board at 21-3 on 40-yard Dan Carpenter FG. Roughness penalty against OG Richie Incognito was costly. ... Colin McCarthy, ex-Cane, returns deflection-interception 49 yards for TD and Titans stunningly lead Miami 21-0. ..... Chris 1Q: Chris Johnson 17-yard TD run for 14-0 Dolphins hole. ... Thus far the Dolphins offense is the best thing to happen to Tennessee's defense. ... Titans 7-0 on Jake Locker 9-yard scoring pass to Kendall Wright, ahead of Jimmy Wilson, after Bush turnover. ... Reggie Bush rushes for first down but loses fumble at own 28. ... Jimmy Wilson blitz-sack forces Titans punt, first big play of game. ... Miami punts on first possession. Against this defense!? ... Let's go! ..... Pregame: Massive pregame military salute going on. Impressive. Patriotism is a wonderful thing. ... Crowd looks like it will be small today, even by late-arriving-small-crowd standards. ... Reporting from the stadium, am two helpings of popcorn into my pregame routine. Updates as warranted. ..... Original post: At 4-4 at the  midseason turn the Dolphins find themselves just off playoff pace and needing to get on a run. And what says "Let's start a fire" more than a home game against 1aa1doltenTennessee and its egregiously awful defense? Titans are on pace to allow more points than any team has, ever. Mull that. Savor it. Picture Ryan Tannehill rolling a 300. Envision Reggie Bush going zero to 150 in 17 carries. Then again strange things happen in the NFL and Miami isn't good enough to take any opponent lightly. Tennessee gets its starting quarterback back from injury in Jake Locker, who is far from great but who is better than the ghost of Matt Hasselbeck. Titans also happen to have a runner named Chris Johnson, a redeemed fantasy stud who has been running well lately and will severely challenge Miami's NFL-best streak of 22 straight games not allowing a 100-yard rusher. Could be a good one down at Joe's Place and I'll be there columnizing. This is a game the Dolphins simply must have if the playoffs are to remain a plausible conversation point in 2012. My pick: Dolphins, 30-17.

Note: I'll be on 790 The Ticket's pregame show talking Dolphins-Titans today from 10 a.m. 'til about 11:30, then right back here at kickoff at 1 for a live in-game Boutique Blog (patent pending) from the stadium. You are invited.

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