As the beginning of the 2018 NFL season draws nearer, many fans will be looking forward to watching the first week games, including the matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans. It is important to note that this regular season opener for the two teams currently places the Dolphins at a one-point underdog against their rivals. The game kicks off this Sunday, and as also stated by the betting website known as Bovada, this game has a forty five points set for their over/under odds. The Tennessee Titans odds for the game look different now because in the days prior to this year’s NFL Draft, the team were favorites with 2.5 points.
Just to recap their last head-to-head matchup last season, the game ended with a score line of 16-10, with the Titans losing to the Dolphins.
At the time, QB Marcus Mariota, who is a regular starter for Tennessee, did not play the game because of a persistent hamstring injury he sustained in Week 4 when they lost 12-7 at Arizona. Furthermore, he was also nursing a niggling ankle injury. The loopholes in their offense allowed the Dolphins to take full advantage of the situation, as their defense managed to sack QB Matt Cassell six times since he was the one selected to start the game.
It is commendable to mention that Titans QB Mariota has showed his prowess this offseason through training, which makes him ready for the 2018 season. As the Titans count their final days before playing against the Dolphins at Miami on Sunday, Mariota expressed his absolute excitement about his hard work in the course of the offseason. On Wednesday, during a short interview after practice, he expressed his excitement over the results of his hard work in the offseason, which he hopes will reciprocate into one of the best seasons for the team. He added that their efforts to polish their drills makes them content about the approaching games, as he looks forward to show what he has been training for in the past months.
In a nutshell, Mariota simply believes that his positivity will go a long way this season, as the team has prepared for any challenge. The quarterback has enjoyed a career full of praiseworthy milestones, especially with the fact that he has been constantly blameless out of the gate. When it comes to his stats, he has managed to complete 63 out of 97 passes for 736 yards in three matches of an opening week, along with 6 TDs, 1 interception as well as a 104.1 passer rating.
It is already confirmed that Mariota will be available for this Sunday’s matchup with the Dolphins; however, the September 9 game comes with a number of anxieties. Harold Landry, the rookie outside linebacker is currently nursing an ankle injury. In addition, Rishard Matthews, their wide receiver as well as Jack Conklin, their right tackle has been placed in the list of player who are the physically unable to perform. On the other hand, the Dolphins barely have any injury concerns before the matchup despite the fact that reserves Jake Brendel and Mike Hull are on injured reserve list. This game will be aired on FOX at 1 p.m. eastern time.