The beard was superior to the mustache on Thursday night. The Dolphins managed to achieve their first victory in the 2020 season when they entered Miami in Jacksonville and defeated the Jaguars, 13-31And To start the third week of the regular season. Miami was able to take this match from the jump and the back of veteran midfielder Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was particularly hot out of the gate, completing his first 12 passes at night (career high) and driving the dolphins in three straight descending engines to start the game.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, were unable to go offensively and struggled to exit the field in defense, allowing Fitzmagic to run into TIAA Bank Field. With receiver DJ Chark excluded for this game, Gardner Minshew was unable to push the ball down, constantly forcing him to check. At night, Minshew finished 275 yards in the air, without a landing, and an interception. James Robinson was a bright spot for Jags in the back court, again, this one darted 46 yards and two off the landings while hitting all of his six goals for another 83 yards.
As far as how the game ultimately evolves, check out our main takeaways from the prime time competition below.
Why did the dolphins win?
The Dolphins jumped to a massive lead from the start, scoring landings on their first three offensive possessions. The theme of these motivations – and many of the leads throughout the evening – was Miami’s ability to extend play in third place. For the game, the Dolphins converted seven out of 13 attempts into third. They also converted their only attempt fourth. Of course, much of that success was thanks to Fitzpatrick, who was exciting to start the match and throughout the competition. As noted above, he completed 12 high-passes to start the first half and finished the first half with a rating of 144.0. In addition to being effective on his throws, Fitzpatrick spread love around him, completing the passes to eight Various receivers (Including himself!). At night, Fitzpatrick completed 18 of the 20 passes for 160 yards and two stars.
On land, the dolphins managed to achieve success as a team, darting 138 yards and two landings. Attack Co-ordinator Chan Jelly was particularly smart in the running game End about Calling Jakeem Grant. Cassius Marsh, a Jaguars rim squeezer, was biting inside to help stop the run, and Miami took advantage by calling that finish with Grant gaining them 29 yards, the longest lunge of the day.
On the defensive side of the ball, the pass lunge heed the call made by Brian Flores earlier in the week and put a heavy pressure on Gardner Menchow. As a team, they managed to take him down four times, including a striptease bag by Kyle Van Noy in the second half that helped cement Miami ‘lead. But what was arguably the most impressive was the coverage in high school. Minshew held the ball noticeably longer than he wanted because he was trying to force the ball to deep. Too often that first reading was closed and the second-year midfielder had to check.
Why the jaguars lost
What made Miami ‘hot start so much worse for Jacksonville was that their insult was out of sync. They dropped 14 points before they could even blink, and then they didn’t do much after bringing them to a one-point match. After scoring their first match touchdown in their second offensive drive at night, the Jaguar sprinted twice, failing to turn fourth, and stumbled deep into their lands on their next trips. With Chark sidelined, Jacksonville struggled to find a number of passes as Minshew routinely rolled back, putting the club in the third, long or third and middle positions, which they often failed to turn. For the match, Jacksonville converted only three of his 10 attempts at the third response and turned the ball down in all his fourth down attempts.
Defensively, the Jags just had no answer to the dolphins’ attack and was unable to get off the field. Miami held the ball possession by about 10 minutes per game. Jacksonville also had more penalties and more turns than Dolphins, which is simply not a win-win recipe.
Jacksonville’s best chance to come back in this match came at the end of the first half. They drove to the Miami 36-yard streak but failed to turn fourth after Mincio was sacked for losing 10 yards with only 1:15 to play in the second quarter. After leaving the locker room for the first half, they traveled only 17 yards and had to jump. In a perfect scenario, the Jags could score two goals without Miami touching the ball and holding the match up at 21. Overall, this was a missed opportunity.
The dolphins’ attack was a tidal wave from the start, finding the end zone on their first three attack properties. During this span, Jacksonville was only able to lift seven. While this initial outpouring of scoring had dolphins playing with a wire-to-wire bullet, the offense was silenced for a while, allowing the Jaguar to hang around.
The break in this match came in the final minutes of the third quarter. In the third and twelfth spots of Jacksonville’s 12-yard streak, Dolphins streak Kyle Van Noy managed to strip Minsho and recovered Miami in a Jacksonville streak five yards. After five plays, Fitzpatrick was able to dash downhill one yard to raise the dolphins 21 points and rule out any kind of miracle return altogether.
Play the game
It was an overall quiet night for Kylan Cole Sr., but the receiver came up with the best catch of night in the second quarter. With 13:41 to go before the first half, Gardner Minshew fell back on the third and fifth try and threw it towards Cole’s touchline. The uncut former receiver was able to get up on his cannons, pick up, and keep his focus to get both feet in line because his momentum was forcing him to turn away.
This play was particularly influential for Jacksonville as it broadened the drive and James Robinson was able to score in the 11-yard dash in the next play while also making it a single-score game at the time. Cole ended up with four receptions for 43 yards.
From here, the Dolphins (1-2) will look to their second successive victory when they return to Hard Rock Stadium hosted by Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, who will play a new match against Dallas. As for Jaguars (1-2), they’ll return to the drawing board before hitting the road to face Bengals in Cincinnati.