Still no decisions have been made about Titans-Dolphins game


A major hurricane is bearing down on South Florida, three days before the Titans and Dolphins are due to meet in Miami. For now, no decisions have been made about whether the game will proceed as scheduled.

As the teams and the league officially monitor the storm closely, unofficially no specific steps have been taken to alter the time and place of the game. A one-day delay to Monday is possible; a two-day weather delay also wouldn’t be unprecedented (e.g., Vikings-Eagles in December 2010).

Moving the game to Tennessee is possible, but a ninth home game for Tennessee would create an unfair competitive advantage. A neutral site also could be pursued, but the communications and other infrastructural requirements would limit the universe of potential options to other NFL stadiums. This weekend, venues in Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa, and Jacksonville would be available. (The other Florida locations could be impacted by the storm, too.)

It still hasn’t gotten to the point where changes need to be made, yet. It possibly won’t. But with the hurricane at Category 4 and moving toward land, the time for making tough decisions could be coming soon.

53 responses to “Still no decisions have been made about Titans-Dolphins game

  1. With the hurricane set to be past Miami as of Friday night/Saturday morning, the real questions will be how much devastation there is and how Floridians react. If Miami is a human zombie, face-eating free-for-all come Saturday, then shotguns may be necessary for Miami to host a football game.

  2. The storm should be past Miami by game time on Sunday, but most people will be focusing on the immediate after-math and clean up instead of a football game. Category 4 is no joke. Play the game, but don’t expect a full house…

  3. Why?? Miami hasn’t even been under a Hurricane watch, only a Tropical Storm watch. Tomorrow is supposed to be a nice day in Miami. There is ZERO reason to move or cancel

  4. Why not move the game up to Friday morning, close the stadium to fans, and just have the Dolphins and Titans team up to play against the hurricane?

  5. All of the forecasts I have seen show the storm landing in Florida pretty far north of Miami. Daytona Beach to Jacksonville and up into Georgia and SC appear set to get the worst of it. Jacksonville is certainly out of the question to host a game, and theirs would have been moved had there been one scheduled.

    I’m sure Miami will get some bad weather, but it’s doubtful to be enough to cancel a game scheduled several days later over.

  6. My heart goes out to all residents of south Florida. I think the last thing on Steve Ross’s mind should be losing money by shutting down the game. There will be no electric for 75 miles by Sat morning close to Miami Gardens. If Ross was a decent person he would cancel the game today

  7. .
    Just cancel it and call it a tie Nobody is going to know (or care). It probably would have ended up a scoreless deadlock anyways.

  8. “This weekend, venues in Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa, and Jacksonville would be available.”

    Jacksonville? … Hurricane Matthew may beg to differ.

  9. Only Roger Goodell would hold out hope that South Florida football fans will forget the potential devastation to their personal properties to attend the marquee match up between the 2 powerhouse teams of Miami and Tennessee.

  10. Situations like these are what insurance policies are for.

    Or, maybe the Dolphins lose a little money, but have NFL game in San Antonio, Louisville, Memphis or OK City. Find a big college stadium & make a big deal out of putting the NFL on the road to a city that has no team.

    Make some fun out of a tough situation.

  11. Just move it to Tennessee. Giving the Titan’s an additional home game gives them a competitive advantage? Well, that advantage and a dollar will buy you a cup of coffee the way their season is going.

  12. They can just cancel it… I’m a Titans fan and I would rather not see them lose to the Dolphins. Sundays are depressing

  13. The stadium has a new roof! Will the roof last in a hurricane? The stadium may not be safe for occupancy. The parking lot has lousey drainage. It could be a swamp. I don’t see the Titans coming down early for the game. Their hotel may be sustaining damage as we speak.

    In the end, it is all about money!

  14. The traditional move-inclement-weather-games-to-Detroit has officially ended (since the Lions will be meowing against the Eagles in Motown).

  15. Who has a life so meaningless and pathetic they would actually sit through a garbage game like this? The only positive would be if the Dolphins’ disgusting anthem protesters got hit by flying debris.

  16. if they move it, all arrangements are complete or nearly complete by now.
    Its just a matter of announcing it and putting the wheels in motion if that decision is made.

  17. The storm is projected to move past Miami before landfall. Generally, the west side of the storm is better than the east side. Miami shouldn’t have much of a problem. As for the game itself, barring unforseen infrastructure damage, the weather will most likely be gorgeous. No reason to make any changes. They will know by tomorrow evening if the Miami area is good to go or not.

  18. If they don’t play the game, how can the NFL Employees protest? Will they have to take time off the clock and march up and down a street?

  19. What does Ross care. He is in Manhatten 30 floors up and could care less about who is going thru what after a mega storm. Personally I hope the storm rips down every pol designed from the coliseum in Italy. Ross deserves that

  20. Dolphins Titans will produce monster ratings, CBS will make sure this played on Sunday!
    Miami Dade county is NOT under hurricane watch and will not be impacted by the hurricane in a meaningful way.

  21. I can’t even understand the point of this article. Miami has never been under a hurricane warning. The chances of the Stadium seeing hurricane conditions are estimated by NOOA at 5%.

    The only reason the Dolphins FO has not announced the game stays is because Hurricanes have been known to do strange things.

    But there is small chance of the game being moved and I am surprised that Florio could not find anything better to write about.

  22. I agree with FinFan 68, this storm should be long gone by Saturday morning. If for some reason that’s not the case, change it to Monday night. For the fans who say canceled the game, how about added one lost to there team. The fans of Miami and Tenn deserve to have this game played. Bill…and for the ones who say no body cares, why are you on this site if you don’t care? Bill

  23. Hate to say it but residents in south florida might welcome the distraction of a football game after what hits them tomorrow and Saturday.Prayers to florida.

  24. Can you imagine if people who lived in Buffalo whined about a blizzard? Aren’t storms and hurricanes a normal occurrence in Florida? Suck it up, shut up, and quit whining!

  25. Only Miami fans think by Sunday all will be well and game should be played as usual. That’s why they are losers. Fans may be dealing with roofs ripped off the day prior? Fans may be dealing with kinds little things, like, no electric, raids closed etc. fans don’t deserve crap. People deserve the full effort of all public services available for their needs. Not andriggin football game that in the grand scheme of things means nothing. Only hard up Miami fans would think about making excuses to play a game that. Obidy cares about

    LOL. Miami fans are so hard up for a win they will beg their owner to play the game and they will paddle there in rubber boats. Get a grip. Cancel the game. It means nothing anyway. Does anyone seriously care a game between Miami and Tenn? Really?

  26. mackcarrington says:
    Oct 6, 2016 4:50 PM
    Can you imagine if people who lived in Buffalo whined about a blizzard? Aren’t storms and hurricanes a normal occurrence in Florida? Suck it up, shut up, and quit whining!
    When’s the last time a blizzard ripped the roofs off houses in entire neighborhoods, flooded business and housing areas under 10 feet of water (10 feet of snow is not even close to the same kind of thing), tossed vehicles around or threw street signs through living rooms?

  27. Turn this weekend into a bye for both teams and resked 3 or 4 weeks from now. Miami and possibly Jacksonville will have other important matters on their hands this weekend. If necessary, move Charlotte vs. (whoever) to a Monday night game to Atlanta or Knoxville (surely the Vols have the necessary setup for television).

  28. willycents says:
    Oct 6, 2016 2:29 PM

    Somehow, this hurricane is Goodell’s fault, right Pats fans?

    But pats fans will continue to point out dumb postings. Add 1 to the count.

    If there is no game then the NFL can use the time for a special announcement informing everyone about the results of the 2015 PSI study.

    Wait they wouldn’t need 3 hours for that. They can just send an email to any news organization.
    Wonder what’s keeping them from releasing that information. Must be something in the results that makes them look bad.

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