Miami Dolphins (1-0) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Sunday, September 20th, 4:25 P.M. EST
Kickoff Temperature: 90 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Dolphins by 7
The Jaguars will look to get their first victory of the season as they take on a talented Miami Dolphins squad, who wasn't overly impressive in their Week 1 road victory over the Washington Redskins. We're going to look at the keys to a Jaguars victory and give some predictions about Sunday.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory:
1. Run the ball well. Of course this is going to be easier said than done against a Dolphins front that contains Ndamukong Suh, but the Miami linebackers are mediocre and this is the best way to attack the Dolphins, stay in manageable downs and keep the offense on schedule.
2. Contain Lamar Miller. Miller is a talented running back who averages five yards per carry. For whatever reason, the Dolphins don't commit to running the ball with him enough and if the Jaguars can make them more pass happy, it will work to their benefit.
3. Keep Tannehill in the pocket. Ryan Tanehill is similar to last week's opposing quarterback, Cam Newton, in the sense that the Dolphins run some read option and Tannehill can beat you with his legs. He's not yet an accomplished passer and the Jaguars best chance for success is to make him throw it around as much as possible.
4. Catch the forward pass. The Jaguars wide receivers have been terrible at catching easy passes going back to preseason and it's more than just a lack of concentration. The receivers need to make the plays in front of them because the offense isn't good enough to consistently give away downs.
5. Stay on schedule. The Dolphins have one of the best pass rushes in football and if the Jaguars get into obvious passing situations their line will struggle mightily. Jacksonville needs to gain yards on first down and stay away from early sacks and penalties. If not the game can get out of hand.
6. Win the turnover battle, along with hidden yardage. The Jaguars are facing a superior team on Sunday and they're going to need some things to go their way. They need to force turnovers and not commit any of their own. They will also need stellar special teams play including some big plays in the return game.
What To Look For:
1. Look for Miami to get three or more sacks. When you have a defensive line with Olivier Vernon, Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh, you're going to get consistent pressure. The Jaguars line struggled last week and even if Luke Joeckel does play they will still be outmanned up front.
2. Look for Blake Bortles not to throw a pick-six. He's been on a torrid pace (not in a good way) with getting interceptions returned for touchdowns. It's time to change that and Bortles will be more cognizant of where he goes with the football.
3. Look for the Dolphins to load up the box. There's no reason not to if you're Miami. The Jaguars receivers haven't been able to create much separation and when they have they've dropped the ball. They're going to put the game on Blake Bortles arm.
4. Look for Lamar Miller to have a breakout game. With no Sen'Derrick Marks for the second straight game, the Jaguars defensive line is at a big disadvantage. If they load up the box, a speedy back like Miller could have some big gains if he makes a guy miss, which he's more than capable of doing.
5. The Jaguars will pay tough for a while. This is a mismatch in terms of talent. Miami is better in most areas outside of coaching and the Jaguars are going to need some breaks to beat this team. It doesn't look like it will be a good day for the home fans.