No person should have anticipated a Dolphins-Jaguars sport on a short turnaround to be any completely completely different than it was Thursday night time time.
In a duel of harmful, irrelevant Florida teams, Jacksonville made a convincing declare for “worst squad inside the state” with its 31-13 loss. That uncertain honor over the previous few a very long time has been hotly contested between the Jaguars, Dolphins and Buccaneers. This 12 months, Florida appears to be prefer it’ll carry on the very least two bottom-dwelling sides.
Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tore through the Jaguars on Thursday night time time, throwing for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-20 passing. His success, though, might have been as loads about his opponent’s shortcomings than his private abilities. That’s what usually happens in a matchup of underwhelming teams.
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In any case, those who caught with the game through the whole four quarters obtained right here away with a larger idea of the place the Dolphins (1-2) and Jaguars (1-2) could uncover vivid spots this season, along with the areas that could be notably painful.
Listed below are three takeaways from the competitors:
The Jaguars is not going to stop anyone in 2020
By means of three video video games, Jacksonville is averaging 28 elements and 364 yards allowed. Not good for a safety simply recently considered elite that’s now affected by an exodus of proficient players.
Notably discouraging for the Jaguars on Thursday night time time was their lack of capability to disrupt Fitzpatrick in any technique. They sacked the 37-year-old merely as quickly as and compelled solely two incompletions. He was sacked four situations and threw 26 incompletions all through his first two video video games this 12 months.
It didn’t help that the Jaguars’ offense turned the ball over inside their very personal 25 twice (as quickly as by the use of fumble, as quickly as by the use of fourth-down failure), or that they punted three occasions.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick will let Tua Tagovailoa mature behind the scenes
Whereas Dolphins followers want to see the workforce’s 2020 first-round select burst onto the scene as a rookie, they may very well be increased served sitting once more and trusting that Tagovailoa being beneath little pressure as a backup whereas finding out the NFL sport will repay in the long run. Tagovailoa’s hurt historic previous signifies that minimized contact this 12 months may need bodily benefits as successfully.
With Fitzpatrick performing at a good stage, there shall be a lot much less pressure for Miami to insert Tagovailoa sooner than the workforce should. Fitzpatrick is a succesful mentor who can possibly present the sort of nice steering Alex Smith provided to Patrick Mahomes in Kansas Metropolis.
There are far worse (and fewer entertaining) stopgap selections than the Harvard grad, who’s usually on the very least watchable.
James Robinson is an undrafted steal
Two video video games may need been a fluke, nevertheless after three straight standout showings to begin his NFL occupation, the undrafted Jaguars working once more has made clear he’s going to be inside the league for a while.
The Illinois State product had his biggest sport however on Thursday night time time, ending with 129 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. He’s a vivid spot for a workforce in decided need of positivity.
Here’s a take a look at Robinson’s combination of dashing and receiving potential on present in opposition to Miami: