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RECAP: Titans Beat Dolphins, 30-17

Win number two!

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The Titans picked up win number two on the year, beating the Miami Dolphins pretty convincingly. The defense was dominant at times, especially up front. The offense was able to generate 30 points on the day. The Dolphins may be a bad football team, but it was encouraging to see them simply win a game that they were supposed to win.

The story of the day was offense, for once. DeMarco Murray and Marcus Mariota hit the ground running (literally) early and often against the Dolphins. Tennessee's offensive front proved to be pretty stout against a poor Miami defense.

Tennessee struck first with a long touchdown drive that featured DeMarco Murray. Murray kept breaking off chunks of yardage, putting the Titans in striking distance. Terry Robiskie dialed up a Mariota sweep, which he took in for six.

The Dolphins answered with a score of their own a couple of series later. It was Jakeem Grant taking a punt back, marking the second week in a row that the Titans have given up a punt return for a touchdown.

The Titans were able to answer with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. They walked down the field and Mariota finished off the drive with a five yard strike to Andre Johnson.

Marcus Mariota got the ball back and revved up the two minute offense. A no-huddle attack marched the Titans right back down the field for another score, this time coming from Delanie Walker. Tennessee went into halftime only up seven after dominating early.

Things didn't change in the second half. The defense stepped up and was dominate up front. Derrick Morgan, Brian Orakpo and Jurrell Casey gave the Titans two sacks a piece. They were disruptive all day long and Miami's banged up offensive line had no answer for them.

Mariota put the game out of reach with a floater to Rishard Matthews who was able to make a great play on the ball for the score. While he didn't rack up many yards, Mariota was very efficient in the redzone. He was more decisive overall and played within himself. He just took what the Dolphins gave him.

Mariota finished 20-29 for 164 yards and three touchdowns on the day. He added 63 yards on the ground, giving the offense a huge spark that we hadn't seen so far this season. I'm betting this part of his game will be talked about quite a bit this week.

DeMarco Murray was the center of the offense, taking on 27 carries for 121 yards. He didn't get into the endzone, but he and the offensive line were responsible for getting the Titans into position to score.

All in all, this was a game that the Titans should have won -- and they did. It was refreshing to seem them finish a football game and look pretty good doing it. Big picture, the Titans are 2-3 in the weakest division in football. They're still very much in the hunt for the AFC South as the Texans fell to 3-2 today.

The Titans have to show up and take care of business next week in a similar spot against the Cleveland Browns. Maybe the Titans are able to get over the hump at home against one of the worst teams in the league. A win would take them to 3-3, keeping them squarely in the hunt.