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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - So this what happens when you're being "closely evaluated."

Put on notice by owner Bud Adams after last week's blowout loss to the Bears, the Tennessee Titans responded with a 37-3 dismantling of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium.

It was the Dolphins' worst loss since a 62-7 playoff defeat at Jacksonville in the final game of Dan Marino's career (January 2000). It was Miami's worst regular-season loss since a 41-0 drilling at Indianapolis in 1997.

The Titans stopped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-6.

The Dolphins, falling for the second straight week, dropped to 4-5.

The visitors built a 24-3 halftime lead, thanks to a litany of Dolphins mistakes. Those included a pair of interceptions by Ryan Tannehill, one of which Titans linebacker Colin McCarthy returned 49 yards for a touchdown. That marked the second pick-six against Tannehill in his pro career; the other came in Week 3 by the Jets' LaRon Landry.

Tannehill, a rookie quarterback out of Texas A&M, entered the game having gone four games without an interception, including an injury-shortened appearance against the Jets two weeks ago. The rookie's last interception before Sunday came in overtime on Sept. 30 at Arizona.

That streak ended after 108 attempts on McCarthy's second-quarter return down the left sideline. Fellow linebacker Akeem Ayers deflected Tannehill's short pass attempt on the third-and-one play.

Ayers grabbed Tannehill's other first-half interception - on a pass intended for Anthony Fasano over the middle - to set up Rob Bironas' 37-yard field goal just before halftime.

The Titans jumped on top with a gift touchdown midway through the first quarter. Reggie Bush's second lost fumble of the season left the Titans with just 28 yards to cover, which they did in four plays.

Jake Locker hit Kendall Wright for a nine-yard touchdown pass on a slant in front of Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson to make it 7-0.

Bush did not return to the field for the rest of the half and no injury announcement was made.

The Titans' Chris Johnson added a 17-yard scoring run late in the first quarter.

Dan Carpenter's 40-yard field goal gave the Dolphins their only first-half points, and even that required some luck. Carpenter appeared to miss his first attempt from that distance, but the Dolphins had called timeout just before the snap.

The Titans basically put the game out of reach with a 12-play, 85-yard scoring drive to open the second half. Locker capped it with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook on third-and-15.

Notes: Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew, a third-round pick, was inactive for the ninth time in as many tries despite the fact a hamstring injury also sidelined backup tight end Jeron Mastrud. ... Walt Anderson replaced Scott Green as the referee in the days leading up to the game. ... The Dolphins won't have long to lick their wounds. They play at Buffalo on Thursday night in an AFC East game.
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