Miami Vs Jacksonville OR

Miami Vs Jacksonville OR

Miami Vs Jacksonville:


The Country's Toughest Startup Battle?



-- It's not unfair to suggest the Dolphins caught a lot of breaks on their way to their 10-6 finish in 2020, but just the opposite is happening this year. Just look at the kicker who beat them Sunday, Andrew Wright. This is a guy who was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, had not attempt a field goal this season and hadn't made a kick longer than 46 yards on his four attempts in 2020. So, of course, Wright makes a 54-yarder to tie the game 20-20 and then hits from 53 yards out to win the game. Wright never would have gotten the chance at the game-winner, of course, had Malcolm Brown not been stuffed on fourth-and-1 from the Dolphins 46. First off, no issue with the Dolphins going for it. It was time to play for the win at that time. We would take issue, however, with giving the ball to Brown because the Dolphins have gone that route before without success — he was stopped for 1 yard on a fourth-and-2 against Buffalo. It's not as though the Dolphins are a power running team. Also not crazy about a deep handoff after a shotgun snap. Thinking the better play here would have been a quick Tua throw. -- It's easy to complain about the Dolphins allowing a 9-yard completion on that fourth-and-8 with only four seconds going off the clock, but give credit to the Jaguars on that play. With five seconds left when the play started, head coach Brian Flores said his players were instructed to protect the outside, but Trevor Lawrence still had to make the quick throw to Laviska Shenault to gain the necessary yardage. What's most frustrating about that play, actually, is Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer saying after the game Lawrence was going to throw a Hail Mary until the Dolphins called a timeout and the Jaguars actually had a chance to discuss things. Again, this is the kind of season it's been.

The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars hit the field at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London this morning, taking their intra-Florida matchup across the Atlantic Ocean. This was a game featuring a team on a four-game losing streak despite having pre-season playoff expectations against a team on a 20-game losing streak. In the end, it was a team on a five-game losing streak coming up on the wrong side of the score line as a team won for the first time this year. The game started with a re-kick needed as a fan ran on the field and all the way up to the Jaguars line just as they looked to kick. After that was solved, the Jaguars kicked to Miami, with the ball landing in the endzone for a touchback. Tua Tagovailoa ran onto the field for the Dolphins, returning after sustaining fractured ribs nine plays into Week 2. The Dolphins offense tried to get in their own way, but Tagovailoa was not having it. After a one-yard loss on a Myles Gaskin run, Tagovailoa threw to Jaylen Waddle for a seven-yard gain. Then Waddle was called for a false start, so Tagovailoa went to him for a 10-yard gain and a first down. Austin Jackson was called for a false start immediately after the gain, so on 1st-and-15, Tagovailoa threw to Mack Hollins for 17 yards. After that, Tagovailoa continued to be decisive and accurate, throwing complete to Waddle, Hollins, Mike Gesicki, and Durham Smythe while only having two incomplete passes on the drive. Tagovailoa threw an alert pass to Waddle for the touchdown, checking out of a run play on a pass option. Dolphins 7-0. Jacksonville began their first possession at their own 22-yard line after the kickoff. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence came out throwing, picking up 24 yards on his first pass attempt to Jamal Agnew, then adding another yard with the same connection on the next play. James Robinson picked up seven yards on a 2nd-and-9 run, followed by a pass from Lawrence to Dan Arnold for 19 yards. The drive stalled after that, however, and the Jaguars would ultimately settle for a field goal. Dolphins 7-3.The Dolphins came back out, once again with Tagovailoa firing. He started the drive with a beautiful 22-yard touch pass over the defense Gesicki. Gaskin picked up four yards on a run, fumbling but recovering it at the end of the play. Salvon Ahmed then picked up another five yards to set up 3rd-and-1. Miami replaced Tagovailoa on the short-yardage play, bringing in Jacoby Brissett for an apparent quarterback sneak attempt - but the play was a 25-yard pass from Brissett to Smythe. Tagovailoa came back in and found Ahmed for 15 yards, moving the team down to the Jacksonville 10-yard line. A holding penalty on Cethan Carter penalty backed up the Dolphins to the 20-yard line, with Tagovailoa finding Gesicki for three yards to end the quarter. (Source: www.thephinsider.com)



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