Titans week five rushing matchup

Titans week five rushing matchup
The Titans are going to need an excellent game from their Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. Photo courtesy of USAToday

Titans week five rushing matchup

Here is a look at the rushing matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Miami Dolphins for week five of the NFL season.

Titans defense versus the Dolphins offense.
Titans defense versus the Dolphins offense. Data courtesy of NFL.com

First off the data or usage is rather low. The Dolphins come from behind offense has not included a lot of running. The Dolphins have only run three plays behind Laremy Tunsil, but they ranked third in the NFL averaging 9.3 yards per carry. The Titans rank 26th there, so the Dolphins should run behind their former first-round pick. The Titans weakness is up the middle but the Dolphins rank 28th and average 2.35 yards per carry there. The Fins run most behind right tackle Ja’Wuan James, but the Titans are ranked 7th in the NFL at stopping runs there. The Titans outside linebackers are pro bowl caliber and the Dolphins do not run well outside. This indicates a clear advantage for the Titans defense, but one could surmise that the Dolphins concede this advantage and pass often. The stats do bear that out.

Titans rushing offense versus Dolphins defense
Titans rushing offense versus Dolphins defense. Data courtesy of NFL.com

During the first four weeks, if there was a low stat for the opposing defense in front of the left tackle, that has played out for the Titans on the left end. Defenses have struggled mightily to stop Jonnu Smith and Taylor Lewan leading the way for the Titans backs. The Titans rank first around the left end and at the left tackle spot, the Dolphins rank 28th. The Dolphins do rank 12th, truly, around that end. We shall see how that plays out, but there is a significant edge here for the Titans to exploit if the four-week pattern stays true. The Titans run most often up the middle, but the Dolphins are stout there ranking an NFL best and only allowing 1.22 yards per carry there.


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