Titans 17, Dolphins 7
An approaching hurricane failed to faze the Tennessee Titans, and the Miami Dolphins' offense didn't give them much trouble, either.
Tennessee had three interceptions on Saturday -- one coming in its end zone and another returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Lamont Thompson -- to beat the Dolphins, 17-7.
To avoid bad weather associated with Hurricane Ivan, kickoff was moved up 24 hours, which scrambled the Titans' itinerary. But they improved to 43-30 on the road under Coach Jeff Fisher.
"We knew early in the week that the game could be changed, so we were ready," cornerback Andre Dyson said. "You have to be ready for anything, and we were."
Both Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley struggled to move the Dolphins. Fiedler threw two interceptions, drew boos and was replaced at halftime with Miami trailing 7-0. Feeley, under pressure from a blitzing Keith Bulluck, was intercepted by Thompson for Tennessee's second touchdown.
"He threw it right to me," Thompson said. "That worked out easy for me, because all I had to do was catch it and run with it."
The Dolphins, who tied a franchise record with 14 penalties, averted a shutout when Feeley threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Randy McMichael with 3 minutes 22 seconds left.
Chris Brown, making his first start as Eddie George's replacement, set up a touchdown with a 52-yard run, the Titans' longest since 1998. Brown gained 100 yards on 16 carries but sat out the second half with a sprained left ankle.
Steve McNair threw only 14 passes -- one for a score -- and the Titans outrushed the Dolphins 182 yards to 65.
"When you've got a great running back in Chris, and when you have a passing attack like we've got, what do you defend?" said McNair.
The Dolphins had no answer -- and relatively few fans. Miami announced 69,987 tickets sold, but the schedule switch limited the actual crowd to half that. By the fourth quarter many had departed.