Tennessee Titans (2-1) at Miami Dolphins (2-1)
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 | 7:00pm EDT/6:00pm CDT
Miami Gardens, FL | Hard Rock Stadium | TV: WKRN
Nashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins will renew a rivalry that began in 1966, when the Dolphins entered the American Football League. The Titans are 16-19 all-time against Miami, including a playoff victory in 1978.
Although they have met 35 times in the regular season and postseason, the Titans and Dolphins have clashed only twice previously in the preseason and have not done so in 27 years. The then-Oilers lost to the Dolphins in Houston during the 1976 preseason, and then in 1989, the Oilers beat the Dolphins in a game that was played in Jacksonville, FL.
Five of the last seven regular season meetings have been played at Hard Rock Stadium. The clubs met there in the 2004 season opener (September 11th), a 17-9 Titans victory that was played on a Saturday rather than Sunday due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Ivan.
In 2005, the Dolphins won by a final score of 24-10 on Christmas Eve, followed by a 13-10 Dolphins home victory in 2006 (September 24th) and a 29-17 Dolphins victory in 2010 (November 14th). Most recently, the two teams squared off on November 11th, 2012. In that game, the Titans forced four turnovers en route to a 37-3 victory, which tied for the 12th largest margin of victory in Titans/Oilers history.
The last meeting at Nissan Stadium occurred on October 18th, 2015, when the Dolphins defeated the Titans 38-10. The Dolphins forced four turnovers and produced six sacks on defense in the contest, while on the other side of the ball they generated 434 total yards, including 180 rushing yards.
The Dolphins began play in 1966 as the American Football League’s first expansion franchise. Playing the Dolphins twice a year from 1966-69, the Oilers won five of eight games before 1970, when the Oilers moved to the newly-formed AFC Central Division and the Dolphins began play in the AFC East.
The teams have met in the postseason just once. In 1978, the Oilers defeated the Dolphins 17-9 at the Orange Bowl for Houston’s first playoff win since 1961. The Oilers continued their postseason play on the road, winning at New England before falling to Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game. Earlier in the 1978 season, the Oilers and the Dolphins were featured in a memorable Monday Night game, a 35-30 Oilers win that included four rushing touchdowns by Earl Campbell.
Most Recent Matchups
2010 Week 10 • November 14th, 2010 • Titans 17 at Dolphins 29
Despite a tied game at the half, the Dolphins edge past the Titans after both teams’ starting quarterbacks fall to injuries … An injured Vince Young—back on the field after his replacement Kerry Collins (calf) left the game in the first half—finds Nate Washington for a 14-yard score to pull within three with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter … Dan Carpenter connects on a 42-yard field goal and Anthony Fasano secures a nine-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Thigpen on ensuing drives to close the game for Miami.
2012 Week 10 • November 11th, 2012 • Titans 37 at Dolphins 3
The Titans scored the game’s first 21 points, including a nine-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Kendall Wright and a 17-yard touchdown run by Chris Johnson … Locker, in his first start in six weeks due to a shoulder injury, added a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook in the third quarter … Johnson totaled 126 yards on 23 carries … The Titans forced four turnovers and intercepted Dolphins rookie Ryan Tannehill three times, including an interception by Colin McCarthy that he returned 49 yards for a touchdown.
2015 Week 6 • October 18th, 2015 • Dolphins 38 at Titans 10
The Dolphins force four turnovers and record six sacks … Miami defensive end Cameron Wake records four sacks and two forced fumbles in the first half … The Dolphins rush for 180 yards, including 113 yards and a touchdown by Lamar Miller … Dolphins safety Reshad Jones returns an interception 30 yards for a touchdown … Quarterback Marcus Mariota passes for 219 yards and a touchdown but fumbles twice and throws two interceptions … Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill passes for 266 yards and two scores.