Halftime Report: Dolphins vs. Titans – Week 14

Halftime Report: Dolphins vs. Titans - Week 14


In a dramatic first half at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins faced off against the Tennessee Titans in a Week 14 matchup that delivered its fair share of surprises and setbacks.

Inactive List: Key Players Missing

The Dolphins entered the game with notable players on the inactive list, including tackle Terron Armstead, guard Robert Hunt, and safety Jevon Holland, all sidelined due to injuries. Also absent were WR Robbie Chosen, CB Eli Apple, and TE Tyler Kroft, with Skylar Thompson serving as the emergency third quarterback.

First Quarter Highlights and Setbacks

The Dolphins started the game on defense after winning the coin toss, showcasing a stellar first series with David Long Jr. dropping Derrick Henry for a 1-yard loss. However, the defensive high was tempered by an injury to standout cornerback Xavien Howard.

The offensive struggles continued for the Dolphins, compounded by injuries to key players. Despite a promising 16-yard connection between Tua Tagovailoa and Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins faced setbacks with injuries to Waddle and center Connor Williams.

A botched handoff led to a fumble recovery by the Titans, thwarting a potential scoring opportunity for the Dolphins. Yet, the defense shone once again when Zach Sieler intercepted a screen pass, scoring the Dolphins’ third defensive touchdown in three games.

The Titans found their rhythm later in the quarter, with Christian Wilkins delivering a crucial sack. The quarter ended with De’Von Achane’s impressive 7-yard run after a penalty against Liam Eichenberg.

Second Quarter Action

The Dolphins initiated the second quarter in Titans territory, but the drive stalled, marked by a missed interception opportunity by Titans safety Amari Hooker.

The Titans responded with a prolonged drive, highlighted by a crucial mistake from Bradley Chubb, who incurred a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after allowing a key scramble by Titans QB Levis.

The Titans capitalized on their drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry, tying the score at 7-7.

The Dolphins answered with a productive drive featuring strong running plays by Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane. Unfortunately, a blocked field goal attempt by Jason Sanders maintained the tie on the scoreboard.

As the first half concluded, the Dolphins had one final opportunity to score, but pressure on Tua Tagovailoa led to incompletions, and a late field goal by the Titans gave them an unexpected 10-7 lead at halftime.

Halftime Reflection

The first half showcased a mix of impressive defensive plays, offensive challenges, and unexpected injuries. The Dolphins will need to regroup in the locker room to strategize a comeback in the second half against the resilient Titans. Stay tuned for the second-half action in this Week 14 showdown.