MIA-TEN Grades: Defense, Tannehill slaughter Titans

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Dolphins’ 38-10 win over the Titans.

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(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

MIA-TEN Grades: Defense, Tannehill slaughter Titans

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Dolphins’ 38-10 win over the Titans.

Miami Dolphins

– DE Cameron Wake (+7.8) finished with his highest overall grade since Week 1 of last season, and what a performance it was. Wake was an absolute force as a pass rusher – his +7.3 pass rush grade is the highest single-game pass rush grade from a 4-3 defensive end so far this season – tallying four sacks (forcing fumbles on two of them) along with two additional pressures.

– While Wake dominated on the outside, DT Ndamukong Suh (+4.3) more than held his own on the interior. He was somewhat quiet against the run (+0.4), but consistently disruptive as a pass rusher (+3.1). Suh had two pressures of his own, opened rushing lanes for his teammates and even deflected two balls at the line of scrimmage.

– On offense, QB Ryan Tannehill (+4.8) easily had his best game of the season. Tannehill had an absolute field day against the Titans’ blitz (+3.5 passing grade when blitzed), completing 10 of 14 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

Top performers:

DE Cameron Wake (+7.8)
QB Ryan Tannehill (+4.8)
DT Ndamukong Suh (+4.7)
LB Jelani Jenkins (+2.2)
WR Rishard Matthews (+2.0)

Tennessee Titans

– Another game, another strong performance from DE Jurrell Casey (+2.5). Casey was the highest-graded player for the Titans defense on Sunday, and it was his second lowest grade of the season. Casey tied a season-low with just two pressures yesterday, but he consistently beat LG Dallas Thomas (-4.4) off the snap, drawing double-team help for much of the game.

– Da’Norris Searcy (+2.2) is starting to look like a nice free-agent signing since struggling in Tampa Bay on opening day. In three of his last four games since Week 1, Searcy has an overall grade of +1.0 or better. He allowed just three of the six balls targeted for 37 yards including one pass defense. Searcy was right on top of TE Jordan Cameron (+0.4) when the ball deflected off of his fingers for Tannehill’s first interception.

– On offense, it was not a good day for the right tackles. After starting and playing every snap so far this season as a rookie, OT Jeremiah Poutasi (-2.5) was benched after just 21 snaps. At the time he was benched, Poutasi allowed three sacks on 13 pass block attempts. Veteran OT Jamon Meredith (-1.7) replaced Poutasi and became DE Cameron Wake’s rag doll for the rest of the afternoon. Meredith allowed one sack and an additional pressure while his -2.2 pass block grade ended up just +0.1 better than Poutasi’s (-2.3).

Top performers

TE Delanie Walker (+3.3)
DE Jurrell Casey (+2.5)
S Da’Norris Searcy (+2.2)
LG Byron Bell (+1.7)
ILB Zach Brown (+1.5)

  • Anthony Girodo

    If Mariota had hit Fasano on the drive that started at Miami’s 27 yard line this score outcome chages. Props to Tannehill throwing 1 best passes in career. Streaker to Stills. It was all Fins from there.

  • JC Harris

    As a Fins fan, it was just nice to see them playing with emotion and aggression for a change. Have not seen that in a while. Will it last? I hope so …

  • Jack

    Dan Campbell for Head Coach 2016!

  • Jack

    I don’t know if any other Dolphin fan saw this, but Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins are ranked in the top ten for linebackers now. Thought it was really interesting, but no one seems to be talking about it.