Frustrated Titans Lose 16-10 to Dolphins

The Titans couldn’t get in sync on offense on Sunday, and they paid for it.

The Titans lost 16-10 to the Miami Dolphins here at Hard Rock Stadium. The loss dropped the Titans to 2-3 on the season.

Matt Cassel started at quarterback for the Titans, in place of Marcus Mariota.

Mariota, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Texans, was among the team’s inactives. He watched from the sideline in a baseball cap and t-shirt.

Cassel completed 21-of-32 passes for 141 yards in the game. He was sacked six times.

The Titans struggled to get going on offense most of the contest, and the defense couldn’t get some key stops late.

The Dolphins took a 3-0 lead on a 41-yard field goal by kicker Cody Parkey.

A bad sequence for the Titans changed the game early.

Late in the first quarter, a 59-yard touchdown pass from Cassel to tight end Delanie Walker was called back because of an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end Jonnu Smith.

Two plays later, Cassel was hit as he threw the ball, and it initially looked like it would be ruled an incomplete pass. But officials instead ruled Cassel fumbled the ball forward, and the Dolphins were awarded a touchdown – a 38-yard fumble recovery by safety Reshad Jones to make it 10-0.

Safety Kevin Byardrecovered a fumble forced by cornerback Adoree Jackson early in the third quarter, and the Titans cashed it in for three points – a 45-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Succop – to make it 10-3.

Succop’s made field goal was his 46th in a row from inside 50 yards, and it tied an NFL record.

The Titans tied the game at 10-10 on an 11-yard touchdown catch by tight end Phillip Supernaw. Cassel completed three passes to Eric Decker on the drive, and also found receiver Rishard Matthews open for a 17-yard completion.

But the Dolphins reclaimed the lead on a six-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jay Cutler to receiver Jarvis Landry. The Dolphins missed the extra point, which made it was 16-10 with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter.

The Titans face the Colts next Monday at Nissan Stadium.