Game Preview: Jaguars vs Dolphins

Our game preview this week looks at the Jacksonville Jaguars matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Our pick will surprise you.

Miami Dolphins (6-6) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5)

Sunday, December 13th

Jacksonville Municpal Stadium

Kickoff Temperature: 70 degrees, 50% chance of rain

Line: Jaguars by 2

Trends: Dolphins have won two of their last three games; Jaguars have won four of their last five games.


Three most important things for the Jaguars on defense:

1. Stop Ricky. Ricky Williams is experiencing a resurrection of sorts as he is running like a 25-year old. The key to slowing down the Dolphins offense starts with making Ricky Williams look his age.

2. 3's, not 7's. When the Dolphins get in the red zone the Jaguars must hold them to field goals instead of touchdowns. The Dolphins wildcat has been very effective in red zone situations this season and it's imperative for the Jags defense to hold them.

3. Cover the underneath. Although Chad Henne has a big time arm, the Dolphins rarely complete many deep passes and the Jaguars need to be aware of Davone Bess and the Dolphins tight ends.


Three most important things for the Jaguars on offense:

1. Attack the corners. The Dolphins have a pair of talented rookie corners in Sean Smith and Vontae Davis, and although they're talented, they're still rookies. David Garrard and the Jaguars need to attack those corners with double moves and hitches.

2. Get Jones-Drew the ball in space. Although teams have keyed on the Jaguars back of late, Jacksonville still needs to do a better job of getting the football to MJD in space.

3. Ball security. In a playoff type of situation such as the Jaguars are facing on Sunday, not only David Garrard but the rest of the offense must protect the football.


What to look for:

1. Look for Maurice Jones-Drew to have a nice game. Maurice Jones-Drew has had a couple tough games as teams have been keying on him, but look for him to break out on Sunday.

2. Look for David Garrard to get sacked four or more times. Miami can rush the passer and David Garrard has been known to hold the football.

3. Look for David Garrard to throw for over 325 yards. Garrard has played well at home and he should take advantage of some inexperienced corners.

4. Look for Ted Ginn to catch a touchdown pass. It doesn't happen all that often, but Ginn should have a big day.

5. Look for the Jaguars to squeak by. Sure the Jaguars haven't defeated a team with a winning record this year, but guess what? Miami doesn't have a winning record. Jags win in a nail biter, 21-18


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