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NOTEBOOK: Few Highlights In Tough Loss; Other Notes

Posted Nov 11, 2012

Rough day all the way around for Miami.

Sometimes a game turns on an early play and then snowballs in the wrong direction for one team, and that’s what happened to the Miami Dolphins this afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

Running back Reggie Bush’s fumble at the end of a 15-yard run just before the midway point of the first quarter led to Tennessee’s first touchdown in what ended up being a lopsided 37-3 loss. He didn’t return to the game until the second half and by that time Miami was trailing by 28 points and on its way to falling to 4-5 on the season.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline was one of the few bright spots for the Dolphins, getting open down the sideline and on deep slant routes over the middle. But a lot of his catches and yardage came with the outcome pretty much already decided, making his career milestone ring a little hollow for the fourth-year player out of Ohio State.

Statistical Milestones

Hartline surpassed his career-high for receptions in a season with his second catch of the game and 44th of the season. … Cornerback Jimmy Wilson’s sack of Jake Locker in the first quarter was his second of the season and career. Wilson’s first sack came in New York against the Jets on October 28, 2012. … Quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s streak of consecutive passes thrown without an interception ended at 107 when Colin McCarthy picked off the deflection by Akeem Ayers and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown. … Titans running back Chris Johnson’s 13-yard run near the end of the third quarter put him over 100 yards for the game and ended the streak that Miami’s defense had of not allowing a 100-yard rusher at 22 games. … Defensive end Cameron Wake fell one game shy of putting together the franchise’s second-longest streak of consecutive games with a sack as his streak ended at five. … Tannehill recorded his first career tackle when he chased down Titans linebacker Zach Brown after Brown picked him off at the Tennessee 16 and ran it back 47 yards.

Eye In The Sky

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle continued to dial up some exotic blitzes from the secondary, sending safety Reshad Jones from the right and cornerback Jimmy Wilson from the left. Wilson came untouched on the Titans’ first drive to sack Jake Locker and forced an early punt. … As the Titans adjusted to the pressure with draw plays and designed rollouts for Locker, the onus was put on Miami’s edge rushers to try to keep him hemmed in and the defensive backs to clamp down on Tennessee’s wide receivers. That turned out to be less effective once the Titans lead grew to double digits.

Next

This is a very quick turnaround for the Dolphins as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills on Thursday night at 8:20 p.m., at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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