The NFL has been good to us, so we head south to Miami where the Dolphins are in the midst of a quarterback battle. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, Arizona’s first-round pick last season, are in a dead heat for the starting job. Miami will take on Jacksonville, which hasn’t had much success this preseason. Maybe Thursday is the Jags’ night.
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at Miami Dolphins (1-1)
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
Current Line: MIA -3 Total: 37.5
TV Coverage: FOX
Jacksonville is 0-2 thus far this preseason and the offense has been, well, atrocious. The Jaguars laid an egg in their preseason opener against Baltimore. Jacksonville’s offense totaled just 112 yards in a 29-0 loss to the Ravens.
Last week, Jacksonville wasn’t much better in a 24-10 loss to Philadelphia. The one bright spot was rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who is staking his claim for the Jags’ backup job. Minshew completed 19-of-29 passes for 202 yards last week in the loss. The problem for Jacksonville was the running game, which mustered just 59 yards against the Eagles defense.
Thursday should be somewhat better for Jacksonville as head coach Doug Marrone has said that his starters will play. Wide receiver Marqise Lee, TE Geoff Swaim, and DT Marcell Dareus are battling injuries and are the only starters that will not see action on Thursday night.
With the Jags’ starters playing, you might think the offense would be much better than Weeks 1 and 2. That may be true, but those starters likely will not play more than the first half, if that long. And remember, this is Jacksonville.
I know this is a recurring theme, but we are going to take the Under again on Thursday. In four of the last five Jags’ games against Miami on the road, the Total has gone Under. The same numbers – 4 of the last 5 – hold true for Jacksonville versus an AFC opponent. On the other end, the Total has gone Under in 10 of Miami’s last 15 games against an AFC opponent.
It’s still the preseason and while Miami does have a quarterback competition and has scored 48 points this preseason, don’t expect them to light up the scoreboard either.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.