TENNESSEE TITANS (5-3) at MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4)
Noon (CST), Sunday
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV: CBS (Comcast, Ch. 5) Radio: WGFX-FM 104.5
About the Titans:
• The three previous times Randy Moss changed teams he averaged better than 20 yards per reception and scored a touchdown in his first game with the new team. Most recently he caught four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota.
• The decision on a starting quarterback likely will not be made until Sunday. Kerry Collins is 0-4 (one each with four different franchises) with one touchdown and 10 interceptions in four career appearances against the Dolphins. Vince Young is 1-0 with three touchdowns and one interception against Miami.
• Kicker Rob Bironas has made at least one field goal in 18 straight games. The franchise record is 19 straight, which Bironas set over parts of the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
• They have converted three times in four tries on fourth down. That’s the third best success rate (75 percent) in the NFL.
• They are the only team in the league with more than one safety (two) this season, and their 11 since the start of the 1999 season are the most in the NFL.
About the Dolphins:
• Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is second in the NFL in receptions (359) and fifth in receiving yards (4,328) since the start of the 2010 season. Marshall has not caught a touchdown pass in his last five games.
• It was announced Wednesday that Chad Pennington will start at quarterback for the first time this season. Pennington is 2-1 with five touchdowns and four interceptions in three career appearances against the Titans.
• Kicker Dan Carpenter is one of two kickers among the top 20 in scoring who has made more field goals (19) than extra points (12). He made 13 of 14 field goal attempts in October and was named AFC special teams player of the month.
• They have failed to convert on four fourth-down attempts this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) are the only other team that has not converted at least once on fourth down.
• They are one of only seven teams with a safety this season, and their nine since the start of the 1999 season are tied for third-most in the NFL.
Something to consider:
• A third-quarter touchdown could be critical to the outcome. Both teams have three third-quarter field goals and no touchdowns in their last four games.
• Only once in the last five meetings, which dates back to 2003, have both teams scored more than 10 points. That was the Titans’ 27-24 overtime victory last season.
• Each team has played just one home game since the first weekend in October. This is the start of three out of four at home for the Dolphins.
The Dolphins have seen a lot of Randy Moss in recent seasons, so they will not go to any sort of extremes in order to compensate for his presence. One thing they will do is hold on to the ball and keep Moss on the sideline. They’ll accomplish that by relying on a heavy helping of short accurate passes by Pennington.
Both teams lean heavily on their field goals, and it’s probable that points will come in threes much more than they do in sevens.
Eventually, though somebody is going to deliver a big play – and it’s going to be Moss, who undoubtedly has a flair for the dramatic. Expect a long scoring reception by the newest Titan to be the difference.
Titans 23, Dolphins 16