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The Dolphins’ defense had a tough time with Allen in Week 2 and they will have similar struggles against Minshew in Week 3 and as a result, the Jaguars should be able to easily cover this spread.
Jaguars -2.5 (-114)
|Dolphins vs Jaguars Information|
|What||Miami Dolphins vs Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Where||TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL|
|When||Thursday, September 24, 2020; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NFLN|
The Miami Dolphins have yet to earn a win in the 2020 season, but they have come close enough with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick under center that it seems more than likely they will go to him once again in Week 3, forcing the rest of us to wait even longer for the debut of their star rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were almost able to post a 2-0 record but their comeback over the Tennessee Titans in Week 2 came up a field goal short, but that positive showing has them favored in Week 3 over these desperate winless Dolphins.
So far, these two AFC franchises have met 9 times (including 1 postseason game), with the Jaguars winning 5 of those games and the Dolphins winning the other 4.
Against Buffalo in Week 2, the Dolphins allowed the Bills QB Josh Allen to throw for 417 yards and four touchdowns without picking him off even once, though they did manage to sack him once during that game.
The Dolphins defensive coordinator uses two cornerbacks and a nickelback, which this season is rookie Noah Igbinoghene, who joins rookie safety Brandon Jones in this young secondary that is still developing as a unit.
Cornerbacks Byron Jones and Xavien Howard will have to step up in Week 3 since they will be facing Jags QB Gardner Minshew who has a solid arm and enjoys attacking opponents deep.
In his second NFL season, Jaguars young quarterback Gardner Minshew is 7-7 overall and 1-1 for the 2020 season after almost bringing his Jaguars back from a rather larger deficit against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, a game they eventually lost by a field goal, 30-33.
Minshew’s numbers were solid in that one – he completed 30-of-45 for 339 total yards and 3 touchdowns with 2 interceptions on top of running the ball 4 times for 19 yards.
Last year during his rookie season, Minshew’s completion percentage was 60.6, but now after two games its at 75.4 percent, proving this former Washington State alum is developing in the right direction, and now the obvious challenge is converting that into wins.
Miami’s star receiver is DeVante Parker, one of the more effective at his position in the league, averaging almost 50 yards per game over the course of his five years of catching balls in the NFL, all of those seasons spent with the Dolphins.
Now Parker must continue to be a team leader on the field and give QB Ryan Fitzpatrick a solid go-to deep threat target the way he did in the team’s Week 2 game against the Buffalo Bills when he posted 5 receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Parker is working alongside Preston Williams, a young receiver who could use a veterans’ guidance as he adjusts to the NFL, both most likely wondering how long it will be before they will be catching passes from rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa, who is currently waiting in the wings.
One of the keys to the early success of the Jacksonville offense in Week 2 was the effective rushing attack that offensive coordinator Jay Gruden game planned, and the main man leading that effort was rookie running back James Robinson.
Robinson is one of the rare breeds of undrafted free agents who have already been a solid contributor, with his Week 2 numbers turning heads, the 16 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown averaging out to be 6 yards per carrying, impressive by NFL standards.
Robinson has also shown soft hands, his ability to run routes and catch the ball from the backfield proving to be yet another valuable asset he adds to the team, so far with 4 receptions for 46 total yards in two outings.
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