It’s a good day to be a Miami Dolphins Fan! On top of watching the Bills and Patriots duking out in the first inter-division AFC East game of the season, the Dolphins have the pleasure of taking on one of the NFL’s most dysfunctional teams in recent history, otherwise known as the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Headed by second year quarterback Blake Bortles, the Jaguars look to recover from their anything but eventful contest against the Carolina Panthers last week. Equipped with weapons such as Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns while plagued by the absence of Julius Thomas, Bortles may find himself scrambling for yards on more occasion than passing to receivers.
Bortles and the Jaguars didn’t fare well last week against Carolina’s defense, going for just 183 yards and throwing a touchdown (technically he threw two, except the second one was a pick-six…..ouch). If the Jags want to make an impact for this game, they better put more emphasis on the running game and T.J. Yeldon, who posted a fairly respectable 51 yards on 12 carries.
Defense is key here for the Dolphins, who need to ask more from Ndamukong Suh to showcase himself as one of the most dominant defensive tackle in NFL. Aside from a controversial hit contact moment on Alfred Morris, Suh was otherwise unimpressive against the depleted Redskins offense, racking up only two tackles. Expect to see an increase in pressure from Suh alongside the rest of the defense.
Expect to see more involvement from Lamar Miller and the Dolphins rushing game this week. Going off of 13 carries, Miller racked up 53 yards with a high of a 17 yard run. As they did last week, the Dolphins may give another running route to the versatile Jarvis Landry. Speaking of Landry…..
If there was an MVP of last week’s game between the Dolphins and Redskins, it would no doubt have to be Jarvis Landry. On top of being one of Tannehill’s top receiving options, he came away with the game winning score on a punt return. No denying Landry will again be given opportunity to showcase talent that only Miami could recognize when drafting him last year.
This will be Jared Odrick’s first encounter with the Dolphins since being released from the team earlier in the year. A former first-round pick, Odrick was a cornerstone for the defense before joining the Jaguars in 2015. It will be interesting if the Jags decide to use Odrick and the defensive line aggressively against Tannehill and the offense.
Julius Thomas is sorely being missed with a finger injury. Thomas was initially sought out in free-agency as a red-zone target for Bortles and his absence has been well felt by the offense. Perhaps Marcedes Lewis can provide some relief.