The Titans will play their second Primetime Game of the season this Monday night. Unfortunately, it’s against the greatest show on turf.
The 4-8 Titans will head to “Vice City” to take on Tua, Tyreek, and the 9-3 Miami Dolphins. It’s an important game for the Titans draft positioning-wise, as a loss would eliminate the Two-Tone Blue from playoff contention.
But could the Titans have a sliver of hope this Monday night? A lot would have to fall the Titans’ way, but the matchup also holds potential for a classic Mike Vrabel gutsy win spot. For our full preview of the game, check out The Hot Read Podcast!
Here are 10 stats that you need to know for Titans-Dolphins in this week’s Titans Ten:
1. A Perfectly Even Titans Team
Monday night’s bout against the Dolphins will be the second of two Primetime games for the Titans this season, and the 94th Primetime game in Titans franchise history. Their record? 47-47 all time. The 95th game will tip the scales above or below .500.
2. 100 For Vrabel
Could Mike Vrabel get his guys up for a big upset? History has told us yes. Vrabel has earned much of his credibility around the league by doing “more with less”. The biggest example being taking last year’s Super Bowl Champion Chiefs to overtime with Malik Willis at the helm.
Vrabel could look to do the same in a milestone game for himself as the Titans head coach. With Vrabel at the helm this Monday evening, it will be the 100th game as the Head Coach of the Titans, including playoffs, since Vrabel was hired in 2018. Vrabel will become just the second coach in franchise history to eclipse the 100-game mark, joining Jeff Fisher who coached 273 games for the Titans.
3. Trends Favor the Fins
The Titans once again hit the road, hopeful of breaking their winless streak this season away from Nissan Stadium. Vegas does not share the same sentiment, currently listing the Titans as +13 point underdogs against the Dolphins. While this may seem like an automatic “Back Vrabel” spot, the trends may disagree.
4. Vrabel by Double Digits
Mike Vrabel has been an underdog of more than 10 points five times in his career, with the most recent being Josh Dobbs’ first start for the Titans last season against the Cowboys (+13.5).
When Vrabel’s squad is heavy underdogs, his record is 2-3 ATS (against the spread) in those five contests.
5. Titans Fall Flat on Road
The 2023 Titans have performed a very “Jekyll and Hyde” act when it comes to their offensive and defensive production this season. Away from Nissan Stadium, the Titans have averaged just 12.25 points per game.
It’s certainly not a recipe for success against a Dolphins team averaging 32 points per game, and Tua Tagaviola has taken advantage of the disadvantage. When Tua has faced teams averaging 21 points per game or less, the young QB has a record of 15-5 and has won 14 of his last 15 in this spot. Fortune certainly does not favor the Titans this Monday night.
6. Titans Seeking Elusive 30 Points
Despite the road-scoring woes, the Titans are still just averaging 17.8 points per game, creating a clear mismatch between the two AFC teams. If the Titans stand a chance this week, it’s fair to say the offense will have to do something they have not done since 2021, score 30 points.
The Titans have now gone 31 games without scoring 30 points. It’s the now longest active streak after the Giants broke their 43-game streak back in Week 12.
7. Vintage King Henry
Another way the Titans can look to slow the “Greatest Show on Surf” down is by controlling the clock with an excellent day on the ground.
On the heels of the fifth anniversary of Derrick Henry’s 99-yard score against the Jaguars, the king could be called into action early and often this Monday night. If Henry can have a vintage monster performance of 100+ yards and two scores, Henry would tie Shawn Alexander for 4th all-time on the leaderboards for games with such.
8. Primetime King
Could the Titans lean on Henry in such a way? History would lean towards yes as Henry has been a primetime cheat code. In 21 primetime games, Derrick Henry has rushed for 1,988 yards and has found the endzone 19 times for the Titans. His average of 94.6 rushing yards per game leads all running backs since 2000 in such stat and even bests the likes of Shaun Alexander, Edgerin James, and Tiki Barber. If the Titans stand a chance, controlling the ball through Henry is key.
9. Receivers on Hot Streaks
The Monday night matchup also will feature two receivers who have had a hot streak in terms of finding the Endzone. The Titans’ Deandre Hopkins and Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill are tied for the 3rd most touchdown receptions since Week 8, just behind Mike Evans and Ceedee Lamb.
In a game sure to be full of fireworks, expect these two to be heavily targeted in the red zone.
10. Ramsey vs DHop
Monday’s night game will be the third time Jalen Ramsey and Deandre Hopkins will face off against each other when the pair are on different teams.
The pair have faced off 11 times through their careers, and Hopkins has been quite productive despite the talent of Ramsey, catching 71 balls for 746 yards and 4 touchdowns. Ramsey will look to contain Will Levis’ number one option and slow DHop down.