What We Learned Against The Dolphins

The Jaguars made too many mistakes to beat a good football team on Sunday and they went down to the Dolphins, 27-13. We're going to look at how our keys to victory played out in the team's latest defeat.

It was a Sunday of good news and bad news for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The good news is that they outplayed a pretty good Miami Dolphins team. The bad news is that it didn’t matter as they were blown out at home due to their rookie quarterback’s rookie mistakes. Let’s see how our keys to victory played out.

Keys To A Jaguars Victory

Win the turnover battle. Not only did the Jaguars lose the turnover battle but their mistakes were compounded as the turnovers were directly felt on the scoreboard. Blake Bortles threw two pick-sixes which spoiled an otherwise good performance.

Stop the run. The stat sheet says the Jaguars did a poor job against the run, yielding 148 yards on 24 carries, but they played much better than that. Miami ripped off some big runs after the outcome was already in hand.

Help your quarterback. Blake Bortles played his worst game of his young career but he wasn’t helped out all that much as Allen Robinson had a few drive-killing drops, as well as Allen Hurns.

Bend but don’t break. The Jaguars defense didn’t bend in the first half, and they certainly didn’t break. It was a dominant performance by that unit, perhaps the best they’ve played all year long.

Locate Cameron Wake. Cameron Wake had some good stats- five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss- but he didn’t really dominate the game. The Jaguars were shorthanded when starting left tackle Luke Joeckel left with a head injury early in the game.

What We’ll Be Saying On Monday

Ryan Tannehill is good. The Dolphins quarterback his a good player but he had a really tough game against the Jags. Tannehill completed just 16 of 29 throws, for 196 yards with one touchdown and an interception, and he ran for 48 yards.

The Jaguars stopped the run. Miami ran the ball well after the Jaguars defense had already broken. When the game was in doubt the Jaguars did a great job.

Look for another big game from Allen Robinson. Robinson led the Jaguars in receiving again with five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, but had a few key drops that hurt the offense.

Hartline will play well. Brian Hartline, along with the rest of the Dolphins passing attack, was neutralized. The Jaguars held Hartline to just one catch for 19 yards.

Back to the drawing board. The Jaguars defense played an unbelievable game and deserved a better outcome. This is life with a rookie quarterback. The team knew that Blake Bortles was going to make mistakes and he certainly has. He’s going to have to reduce those mental errors sooner rather than later to see what kind of potential this roster has.

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