Sunday, October 26th, 1:00 p.m.
Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff temperature: 81 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Dolphins by 6
The Jaguars completed their first victory last Sunday over the Cleveland Browns and they look to keep the good vibes going as they take on a pretty solid Miami Dolphins’ team that has been improving each week. We’re going to look at what the Jaguars need to do to win the second in a row.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 31st Overall (27th passing, 29th rushing); 32nd scoring- 15.0 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 28th overall (30th passing, 14th rushing); 27th scoring- 27.3 ppg.
Dolphins offense- 11th overall (17th passing, 3rd rushing); 11th scoring- 24.5 ppg.
Dolphins defense- 4th overall (3rd passing, 10th rushing); 15th scoring- 23.0 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Win the turnover battle. Last week was somewhat of an aberration that the Jaguars were able to lose the turnover battle and still win the game. Miami is a much better team, with a better quarterback than Cleveland. They’ll need to force some turnovers.
Stop the run. Since Miami has a better quarterback than Cleveland and better weapons on the outside, the Jaguars won’t be able to completely sell out to stop the run. Jaguars linebackers will have to stay in their gaps to avoid yielding big plays on the ground.
Help your quarterback. Blake Bortles played a bad game last week and he will come out motivated to play better. Receivers need to catch passes and the offensive line has to hold up against a very good pass rush.
Bend but don’t break. Miami is capable of gaining chunks of yardage with Mike Wallace and Lamar Miller. They’re going to move the football but the Jaguars need to force field goals instead of touchdowns and they’ll have a shot.
Locate Cameron Wake. Cameron Wake is a monster who deserves the undivided attention of Jedd Fisch and the entire Jaguars line. If not, it will be a very long afternoon for the offense.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
Ryan Tannehill is good. The Dolphins quarterback has been improving week by week and he should have a good time against a bad Jaguars secondary.
The Jaguars stopped the run. Miami doesn’t have that good of an offensive line and their running backs aren’t that talented. Still, they are ranked third in rushing. The Jaguars will slow down that attack.
Look for another big game from Allen Robinson. Robinson is making the most of his reps and his targets as he appears to be the receiver that Blake Bortles trusts the most. Look for that to continue.
Hartline will play well. The Jaguars don’t have the depth in the secondary to stop all of the Dolphins weapons. They will likely focus much of their attention on Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline should feast.
Back to the drawing board. The Jaguars are playing a much better team this week than the unmotivated Cleveland group that came in last Sunday. Miami has a real quarterback with real weapons and an even better defense than the one which pretty much shut down the team last week. This one shouldn’t be close.