My head hurts.
That's the only way to describe perhaps the strangest Dolphins game I have ever seen. Six different players took snaps from under center for the two teams. And six different players attempted a pass in this game. In the end, though, the Dolphins got their first win at home in 2010, defeating the Titans 29-17 and improving their record to 5-4.
Three quick thoughts are below. Usual game recap post will follow tomorrow morning.
- A lot of people were thinking that tight end Anthony Fasano would start getting more and more involved in the offense following the quarterback switch to Chad Pennington. Well Fasano was a huge part of the offense today - just not because of Pennington. Fasano had five catches for a career-high 107 yards and the game-clinching touchdown. Big day for the big Italian.
- The talk of the week is going to center around Tyler Thigpen. That's just how fans are. And he sure did show something today in the fourth quarter. After throwing an ugly incompletion on his first pass attempt of the game, missing an open Davone Bess to stall a drive early in the fourth, Thigpen put together a hell of a drive, marching the Dolphins 85 yards on 9 plays - resulting in the Fasano touchdown. Thigpen was 4 of 5 on that drive for 64 yards. More importantly, I saw a little bit of that "it" factor that I haven't seen much of this year from the Dolphins. But keep in mind that the Titans didn't prepare for Thigpen, who is very different than both Pennington and Henne. It'll be interesting to see where this team goes from here, with a very short week ahead before their Thursday night game against the Bears.
- Speaking of the short week, it couldn't have come at a worse time for the Dolphins. They have no idea which quarterback will be healthy enough to play. They also had a number of guys who either missed some snaps due to injury or went to the x-ray room after the game. Those include Vernon Carey, Cameron Wake, Yeremiah Bell, Chris Clemons, and Kendall Langford. [Note: You can add Joe Berger to that list as well, as per reports in the locker room after the game.]
It was an odd game - but it was a win. Where this team goes from here is anyone's guess right now. But the Dolphins are 5-4!
Enjoy the rest of your football Sunday.
[Injury Updates: Chad Henne on crutches and has left knee wrapped in ice. Cameron Wake has a hip injury and it's not sure how serious.]