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Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Pick & Prediction SEP 24TH 2020

FinishedTV: NFLEverBank Field Jacksonville

301Miami Dolphins
302Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Thursday night contest between the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars is lining up to be a hairy affair.

 

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went to bat for his bushy beard on Tuesday while Jacksonville counterpart Gardner Minshew II defended his mustache and threw in a little subtle jab at Fitzpatrick's age.

 

Suddenly, this Florida showdown is more than just a nationally televised episode of "Minshew Mania."

 

Fitzpatrick, 37, started the back-and-forth with his take on Minshew's facial hair.

 

"The mustache versus the beard, I think the beard is a cooler look," Fitzpatrick said, while adding a laugh. "I think guys that grow mustaches a lot of times have patchy sides for their beards, so they just stick with the mustache."

 

The comment was naturally relayed to Minshew, and the 24-year-old added his retort.

 

"I'll let (my mustache) speak for itself," Minshew said. "I think I've shown I can grow a beard with no patchy sides.

 

"But, you know, I'm going to have respect for my elders, especially when they're much, much elder."

 

That feisty side is part of what has made Minshew a big favorite in Jacksonville in only his second NFL season. His stellar play doesn't hurt, either.

 

Minshew has fired three touchdowns passes in each of the first two games for the Jaguars (1-1). He has completed 75.4 percent of his passes for 512 yards and six touchdowns while being intercepted twice.

 

The solid play has helped Jacksonville average 28.5 points. The Jaguars have been exceptional in the red zone with six touchdowns in seven opportunities.

 

That is the type of production a veteran like Fitzpatrick appreciates.

 

"I like watching him. I enjoy his playing style," Fitzpatrick said of Minshew. "It looks like he's out there having fun. It's not easy to play quarterback in this league. It's not easy to play as a young quarterback. He's already had a lot of success. He's had a great start to the season."

 

Of course, Fitzpatrick is trying to keep from looking over his shoulder as Dolphins fans anticipate the beginning of the Tua Tagovailoa era.

 

Fitzpatrick did his part to keep the former Alabama star on the bench by passing for 328 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday in a 31-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

 

Fitzpatrick is focused on breaking down the Jaguars and looking to get Miami (0-2) in the win column.

 

"Well, for me as a quarterback, you look at some of that stuff and you look at tendencies, but if they do blitz, then we need to have an answer for it," Fitzpatrick said. "I can't sit here and rely on those things. We've got to have answers for everything."

 

The Dolphins do need to find some answers on the defense side of the ball as they rank 30th in total defense (440.5 yards per game) and 29th against the run (164 yards per game).

 

The latter deficiency certainly will be tested by the Jaguars, who are ecstatic about the play of undrafted free agent running back James Robinson.

 

Robinson rushed for 4,444 yards and 44 touchdowns for FCS program Illinois State but wasn't deemed worthy of being drafted by any of the NFL's 32 teams. But his strong training camp performance helped prompt Jacksonville to part ways with Leonard Fournette, and Robinson's 164 rushing yards are the most ever through the first two career games by a Jaguars back.

 

He rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries Sunday in a 33-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

 

"What you guys are seeing now is probably what I've been seeing all of camp," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. "Just a real steady, good football player. If there's something there, he's going to find it. He's not going to make mistakes and lose yardage for you, and he'll try to keep the chains going. He's a tough runner."

 

The Dolphins likely will be trying to corral Robinson without cornerback Byron Jones (groin), who missed practice on Tuesday after being injured on Sunday. Four Miami players were limited at practice: safety Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral), cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), defensive end Shaq Lawson (hip) and receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring).

 

Sitting out practice for the Jaguars on Tuesday were center Brandon Linder (knee) and defensive back Brandon Watson (illness).

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Position Lineup
Jesse Davis primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ryan Fitzpatrick primary: Quarterback Starter
Myles Gaskin primary: Runningback Starter
Mike Gesicki primary: Tight End Starter
Davon Godchaux primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Xavien Howard primary: Cornerback Starter
Bobby McCain primary: Safety Starter
DeVante Parker primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Rowe primary: Safety Starter
Durham Smythe primary: Tight End Starter
Christian Wilkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Preston Williams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jamal Perry primary: Cornerback Starter
Shaq Lawson primary: Linebacker Starter
Emmanuel Ogbah primary: Defensive End Starter
Kyle Van Noy primary: Linebacker Starter
Elandon Roberts primary: Linebacker Starter
Ereck Flowers primary: Left Guard Starter
Ted Karras primary: Center Starter
Austin Jackson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Noah Igbinoghene primary: Cornerback Starter
Solomon Kindley primary: Right Guard Starter
Jerome Baker primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chandler Cox primary: Fullback Substitution
Julie'n Davenport primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Michael Deiter primary: Center Substitution
Sam Eguavoen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Isaiah Ford primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jakeem Grant Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Matt Haack primary: Punter Substitution
Tae Hayes primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Mack Hollins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Patrick Laird primary: Runningback Substitution
Calvin Munson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nik Needham primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jason Sanders primary: Kicker Substitution
Zach Sieler primary: Defensive End Substitution
Andrew Van Ginkel primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kamu Grugier-Hill primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jordan Howard primary: Runningback Substitution
Robert Hunt primary: Guard Substitution
Raekwon Davis primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Brandon Jones primary: Safety Substitution
Matt Breida primary: Runningback Substitution
Blake Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kavon Frazier primary: Safety Substitution
Adam Shaheen primary: Tight End Substitution
Adam Pankey primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Clayton Fejedelem primary: Safety Not active
Byron Jones primary: Cornerback Not active
Tua Tagovailoa primary: Quarterback Did not play
Jason Strowbridge primary: Defensive End Not active
Malcolm Perry primary: Runningback Not active
Lynn Bowden Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player PositionLineup
Josh Allen primary: Defensive End Starter
Taven Bryan primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
A.J. Cann primary: Right Guard Starter
Keelan Cole Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Conley primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Tre Herndon primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Myles Jack primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Leon Jacobs primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Abry Jones primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Gardner Minshew II primary: Quarterback Starter
Andrew Norwell primary: Left Guard Starter
James O'Shaughnessy primary: Tight End Starter
Cam Robinson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Tyler Shatley primary: Center Starter
Jawaan Taylor primary: Right Tackle Starter
Andrew Wingard primary: Free Safety Starter
Josh Jones primary: Strong Safety Starter
Joe Schobert primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
C.J. Henderson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Laviska Shenault Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
James Robinson primary: Runningback Starter
Adam Gotsis primary: Defensive End Starter
Dakota Allen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Logan Cooke primary: Punter Substitution
D.J. Hayden primary: Cornerback Substitution
K.C. McDermott primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Will Richardson Jr. primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Dawuane Smoot primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Brandon Watson primary: Safety Substitution
Dede Westbrook primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Eifert primary: Tight End Substitution
Cassius Marsh Sr. primary: Defensive End Substitution
K'Lavon Chaisson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Davon Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Ben Bartch primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Shaquille Quarterman primary: Linebacker Substitution
Daniel Thomas primary: Safety Substitution
Collin Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyler Davis primary: Tight End Substitution
Chris Claybrooks primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ross Matiscik primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chris Thompson primary: Runningback Substitution
Bruce Miller primary: Fullback Substitution
Timmy Jernigan primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Brandon Wright primary: Kicker Substitution
Sidney Jones primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dare Ogunbowale primary: Runningback Substitution
DJ Chark Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Brandon Linder primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Josiah Scott primary: Cornerback Not active
Jake Luton primary: Quarterback Not active
Doug Costin primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Luq Barcoo primary: Cornerback Not active
Mike Glennon primary: Quarterback Did not play

Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Jordan Howard
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Preston Williams
    • Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • Period 2
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Gesicki
    • Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 11 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon Wright
    • Rusher: James Robinson
  • Period 3
  • MIN 2
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Ryan Fitzpatrick
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: James Robinson
    • Conv Kicker: Brandon Wright
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Buffalo L 26 - 56
  • @Las Vegas W 26 - 25
  • New England W 12 - 22
  • Kansas City L 33 - 27
  • Cincinnati W 7 - 19
  • @N.Y. Jets W 20 - 3
  • @Denver L 13 - 20
  • L.A. Chargers W 21 - 29
  • @Arizona W 34 - 31
  • L.A. Rams W 17 - 28
W 0% L 100%
0 10
  • @Indianapolis L 14 - 28
  • Chicago L 41 - 17
  • @Baltimore L 14 - 40
  • Tennessee L 31 - 10
  • @Minnesota L 24 - 27
  • Cleveland L 27 - 25
  • Pittsburgh L 27 - 3
  • @Green Bay L 20 - 24
  • Houston L 27 - 25
  • @L.A. Chargers L 29 - 39

Last Meetings

  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 31-13
  • Jaguars @ Dolphins 7-22
  • Jaguars @ Dolphins 17-7
  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 20-23
  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 27-13
  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 27-3
  • Jaguars @ Dolphins 3-24
  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 27-26
  • Dolphins @ Jaguars 14-10
  • Jaguars @ Dolphins 9-12

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one to help the Miami Dolphins cruise to a 31-13 victory over the host Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards as the Dolphins (1-2) halted a season-opening, two-game slide. Mike Gesicki and Preston Williams caught touchdown passes, and Jordan Howard rushed for a score.

Gardner Minshew II connected on 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and one interception for the Jaguars (1-2). James Robinson rushed for two scores and totaled 129 yards from scrimmage (46 rushing, 83 receiving).

The game was played in front of approximately 16,000 fans after the Jaguars made about 25 percent of their stadium seats available in compliance with state and local protocols in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Miami used three long first-half scoring drives to exert control despite Jacksonville finishing with a 318-294 edge in total offense.

The Dolphins set the tone by traveling 84 yards on 12 plays and eating up 6:51 on the clock at the outset of the contest. Fitzpatrick connected with Williams on a 3-yard scoring pass to cap the march with 8:09 left in the quarter.

Miami's second drive was even more commanding: 80 yards in just six plays. Howard finished it off with a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 with 2:37 remaining in the stanza.

Jacksonville got on the board on Robinson's 11-yard scamper with 13:04 left in the second quarter. The Jaguars drove 75 yards on nine plays.

The Dolphins answered with another lengthy excursion of 11 plays and 75 yards over 7:06. Fitzpatrick tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Gesicki to make it 21-7 with 5:58 left in the half.

Kyle Van Noy forced and recovered a fumble by Minshew at the Jacksonville 10-yard line with 4:04 left in the third quarter, and a penalty on Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson for making a contact with an official moved the ball to the 5. Robinson also was ejected.

On third-and-goal from the 1, Fitzpatrick fielded a shotgun snap and bulled his way up the middle for the score to make it 28-7 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.

James Robinson added a 1-yard scoring run with 9:03 to go in the game before Jaguars kicker Brandon Wright was wide left with the extra point.

Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders booted a 30-yard field goal with 3:49 left.

--Field Level Media