The Titans pulled off a surprise on Monday night. Trailing 27-13 with less than three minutes left, Tennessee did the incredible. Here are our takeaways from the 28-27 victory over Miami.
Will Levis is the future in Tennessee: The Titans pulled off a steal in the 2023 NFL Draft when Levis fell in their lap in the second round. The polarizing prospect made several outstanding plays on Monday night, including a deep pass in the second quarter to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
He made another great pass in the third period, throwing a 30-yard pass to running back Tyjae Spears on a play that resulted in a field goal and a 13-10 lead for Tennessee.
Levis bounced back from an early six and rallied the team after a disastrous fourth-quarter sequence when the Titans lost two fumbles in their own red zone, leading to two Dolphins touchdowns and a 27-13 deficit.
Levis finished the game 23 of 38 for 327 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The season didn't go as planned for the Titans (5-8), but at least they found a quarterback.
Tyreek Hill Meaning: Miami's standout winger battled through a lower leg injury, but was clearly not 100 percent after a collar tackle that was uncalled for in the first half. Miami's offense was dominated by a rushing attack, although Hill still had a hand in quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's best pass of the night on a perfectly placed ball down the sideline.
The Dolphins haven't been as explosive offensively as we've become accustomed to this season, which has a direct correlation to Hill's limitations. While big plays are key to Miami's offense, it has never been more obvious how much the Dolphins (9-4) need Hill to be healthy to win the Super Bowl.
Dolphin Defense: The Dolphins' defense, the weaker of Miami's two teams, had some big turnovers, but what was troubling was their late-game loss to their rookie quarterback.
The competition will be much tougher later in the season as Miami ends the regular season with games against the Cowboys, Ravens and Bills.