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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Dolphins 29, Titans 17

By Paul Kuharsky

MIAMI -- Thoughts on the Titans’ 29-17 loss to the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.

What it means: Tennessee fell a game off the pace of Indianapolis, as the Colts beat Cincinnati at home. The Titans dropped to 5-4 as the first road team to lose in Miami this season, losing to a team that had to use its third quarterback in the fourth quarter.

What I didn’t like: The passing offense in the first half with Kerry Collins was hardly functional. And overall, while some good things happened with Randy Moss drawing attention and the Titans throwing elsewhere, he sure seemed to beat coverage and have sufficient room for more opportunities. The defense allowed Tyler Thigpen to lead a fourth-quarter touchdown drive and allowed too much passing-wise up the middle all game. The Dolphins went to Wildcat while bridging the gap between Chad Henne and Thigpen.

What I liked: Chris Johnson certainly looked like his old self with several big runs. He had 117 yards on 17 carries, including one touchdown. Vince Young moved around pretty well when he got in the game in the second half, which made me wonder why he wasn’t the choice to start.

Injury concern: Collins had a calf injury that certainly didn’t look good as he labored to get off the field at halftime. And there is the possibility that Young’s ankle remains an issue. The Titans aren’t ready to go to rookie Rusty Smith. Could we see insurance arrive in the form of Chris Simms or Patrick Ramsey this week?

What’s next: The Titans host Washington at LP Field and root for a New England home win against Indianapolis.