Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans Matchup Preview (1/2/22): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans Matchup Preview (1/2/22)

In week 17 the Miami Dolphins (8-7) will face the Tennessee Titans (10-5) in Nashville.  The Dolphins are coming off a 20-3 road victory over a depleted New Orleans Saints club in week 16.  Miami has gone from a seven-game losing streak, to a seven-game winning streak putting them right in the playoff mix; they are the first team in NFL history to pull off the feat.  The Titans are coming of a prime-time victory over the 49ers to start week 16.  Randy Bullock kicked the go-ahead field goal with :04 remaining in the game.  Per, Miami is 19-7 in November-January games since Brian Flores became head coach in 2019.  Tennessee has had 87 players play at least one game this season, the most by any team in NFL history. 

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans Betting Odds

The Titans are a 3.5-point home favorite over the Dolphins.  Miami is 8-6-1 against the spread this season; 3-3 on the road.  The Dolphins are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game; the Saints threw for 135 yards in week 16.  Under is 4-1 in the Titans last five games overall.  Miami has allowed 10 or less points in five of their last seven games.  Tennessee has lost three of their last five games: averaging 15.8 points per contest.  

My Prediction:  Miami is playing good football especially on the defensive side of the ball.  But I do like Tennessee to win this game at home 21-16 (going under 41 total points).  This is due to A.J. Brown looking like he’s returning to top form and the Titans secondary forcing Tagovailoa into a mistake. 

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TV Schedule

Date: 1/2/22
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Nissan Stadium
TV Coverage: CBS

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Miami Dolphins Analysis

In 2021, the Dolphins are averaging 311 total yards of offense per game, 24th in the league and averaging 20.3 points per game, which is 21st in the NFL.

Ranking 15th in the league, Miami’s air attack is averaging 224.4 yards per game.  In the week 16 victory over the Saints, Tua Tagovailoa was 19-26 for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception.  Starting the last five games after being out due to injury, the young signal caller has thrown for 1,141 yards and eight touchdowns during that time.  On the season, the fifth pick in the 2020 draft has thrown for 2,339 yards, 15 touchdowns, nine interceptions, completing 70.1% of his passes with a 94-passer rating.   

Rookie Jaylen Waddle has had an unbelievable season, as he’s the highest graded rookie receiver by PFF at 81.4.  Against New Orleans in week 16 he had 10 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.  He has 941 receiving yards in 2021, the most receiving yards by a rookie in Miami’s history.  The Alabama product has had at least 60 yards receiving in six straight games, which is the longest amongst rookies in Dolphins’ history.  The sixth pick in the 2021

draft has had at least 10 catches in three games this season.  Waddle has the second most receptions in NFL history among rookies with 96; the record is 101 by Anquan Boldin in 2003.  Finally, he leads the team in touchdown catches with five.  He’ll be the focus of the Titans secondary on Sunday.   

The Miami defense is allowing 336.7 yards of total offense per game, which is 15th in the league and 21 points per game ranking them 10th in the NFL.  Per, the Dolphins have allowed fewer than 400 total yards in 10 straight games, their longest streak since 2013-2014.

Miami has 45 sacks on the season overall.  The Dolphins’ defense has at least six sacks in two straight games for the third time in franchise history (1983 and 1998).  Miami has at least five sacks in a game four times this season, tied for the most such games in a season in team history, per  Emmanuel Ogbah leads the team with nine sacks.  Impressive rookie, Jalen Phillips’s 8.5 sacks are second on club.

Miami Dolphins Depth Chart

QB: Tua Tagovailoa
RB1: Duke Johnson
RB2: Myles Gaskin
RB3: Phillip Lindsay
WR1: Jaylen Waddle
WR2: DeVante Parker
WR3: Albert Wilson
TE1: Mike Gesicki

Tennessee Titans Analysis

In 2021, the Titans are averaging 340.6 yards of total offense per game, while scoring 23.8 points per game, ranking them 15th in the NFL.  

In the home victory over the 49ers in week 16, Ryan Tannehill played efficiently leading the team to victory.  He was 22-29 for 209 yards with a touchdown and a 106.8 passer rating.  In his third season as a Titan, he has 18 rushing touchdowns and has rushed for a least seven touchdowns in two straight seasons.  In 2021, Tannehill has thrown for 3,327 yards, 15 touchdowns with a 66.7 completion percentage and an 84.8 passer rating.  He’s the fifth quarterback in team history with at least 3,000 yards passing in two straight seasons.  The nine-year pro has thrown 14 interceptions this season; he had 12 interceptions in his first two seasons as the Titans starter.   Tennessee will need their quarterback to be smart with the ball as they hold on to the lead in the AFC South.

The Tennessee Titans group of receivers have been one of the most disappointing units in the NFL.   But A.J. Brown returned from injured reserve and had a huge game against San Francisco.  Brown had 11 receptions (on 16 targes) for 145 yards and a touchdown.  Per, he had eight receptions on third down, the most by any player on third down since down-by-down data was officially tracked in 1991.  The third-year pro has had at least 100 yards receiving 12 times in his career.  Brown leads the team in receptions (57), receiving yards (760) and touchdown catches (4).   

The Tennessee rushing attack is averaging 138.8 yards per game ranking them fourth in the league.  D’Onta Foreman has rushed for 281 yards and two touchdowns over his last four games.  He has rushed for over 100 yards in two of the Titans last four games.  After showing some signs of life in the past few weeks, Tennessee rushed for 90 yards in the win over San Francisco in week 16.  If the Titans want to go far in the playoffs, they must be able to run the football consistently.  

Defensively the Titans are allowing 333.2 total yards of offense to their opponents and allowing 21.7 points per game, ranking them 15th in the league.  Tennessee’s run defense is second in the league allowing 86.7 yards per game.  Harold Landry leads Tennessee with 11 sacks.  He has 13 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hits.  Denico Autry and Jeffrey Simmons have combined for 15.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and 31 quarterback hits.  The Titans are 6-0 in games with at least two takeaways this season; 4-4 with fewer than two takeaways.   The Tennessee defense has 15 interceptions overall.  Pro-Bowl safety Kevin Byard leads the team with five interceptions.

Tennessee Titans Depth Chart

QB: Ryan Tannehill
RB1: Dontrell Hilliard
RB2: D’Onta Foreman
WR1: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
WR2: Chester Rogers
WR3: Dez Fitzpatrick
TE1: Geoff Swaim

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans Daily Fantasy Picks

Mike Gesicki is second on the team in receiving with 67 catches for 707 yards.  He’s also added two touchdown receptions in 2021.  The former Penn State Nittany Lion is averaging 47.1 receiving yards per game this season.  In 62 career games, he’s caught 193 passes: averaging 11.3 yards per reception.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine has started six games this season.  He’s second on the Titans in receptions (34), receiving yards (398) and touchdown grabs (3).  The former Indiana Hoosier is averaging 11.7 yards per catch in 2021.   Westbrook-Ikhine has had at least 30 receiving yards in three straight games; his season high in receiving yards is 107, week 11 vs. Houston.  

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