If it comes down to a race for a wild card spot, there’s a good inclination that Tennessee and Miami could be battling it out for one of the three. It also will be somewhat of a revenge game for Ryan Tannehill following his success in the Music City.
The Titans won the AFC South in 2020, but the almost missed the playoffs altogether down the stretch. In what felt like a three-way race for seventh place, Miami’s loss to Buffalo in Week 17 allowed Indianapolis to squeak in and Tennessee to host a playoff game against Baltimore.
Miami’s run defense was overall more complete than its coverage skills in 2020, allowing an average of 116.4 yards per game. They’ll be going up against the league leading rusher in the past two seasons in Derrick Henry. Last season, he finished with 10 100-plus yard games and three 200-plus yard games.
Depending on if the front seven can step up in 2021, he could be looking towards the latter option when facing Miami. And if Tannehill regresses as a passer due to the departure of Arthur Smith, expect Mike Vrabel to be running the ball often.