Things I Liked, Things I Didn't, Things To Look For Against The Jaguars

What a difference 1 game makes in the NFL. The Dolphins went from questionable timeouts and inept coaching to the talk of the NFL.  The Fins had a great game plan against the Bears and a couple things stood out.
Things I Liked: 
  • Ryan Tannehill. I don't know what was said at halftime of the Packers game, but since then Ryan has been on fire. Over the past 6 quarters Tannehill is 37/47 for 437 yards, 4 TD's and 0 interceptions. That's completing over 78%! He also has 7 rushes for 88 yards and a TD. Did something finally click? I don't know, but those are numbers, as Dolfans, we dreamed about when Tannehill was drafted.
  • Cameron Wake still a beast! 
  • Dion Sims constantly shows up on tape. Next to Jelani Jenkins he may be the most improved player from last year. He had key blocks on both Lamar Miller's touchdown run and the touchdown pass to Mike Wallace.  Plus he had the Fins longest reception on Sunday - 26 yards. If he continues to progress, the Fins could easily have one of the best TE tandems in the NFL. 
  • The haters wont say anything, but Mike Wallace is quietly performing  up to his contract. 5 TD receptions in 6 games.
  • The coaching staff deserves some kudos. I feared the Dolphins would come out flat (again) especially after a demoralizing loss, but they didn't. Joe Philbin going for it on 4th down. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor called a great game. The defense kept Jay Cutler on his heels and the big Chicago receivers were easily handled by the Fins secondary. 
The Dolphins played well, but they were far from perfect.
Things I Didn't Like:
  • Can't start the game going 3 and out. Especially can't start the game by giving up a sack on the first play.
  • Too many penalties. A Brian Hartline penalty killed a drive right before halftime. A Charles Clay penalty took points off the board. (Hartline was penalized on the same play as well.) 
  • Mike Pouncey is still getting used to playing right guard.
  • Bad challenge by Philbin. Lamar Miller was clearly down, it was a waste of a challenge and a timeout.
  • Still have no faith in Caleb Sturgis.
  • What's up with Brandon Fields?
  • It was a dominating victory, but it was too close at the end. The Dolphins should have put 40 points. 
I hate to say it, but this is the type of game that the fins usually lose.  They are playing a less talented team, on the road after a big win. A recipe for disaster.
Things to Look For Against The Jaguars:
  • Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles has already thrown 10 picks in 5 games. Look for at least 2 against the Fins.
  • The Jags lost starting linebacker Paul Poluszny last week. Look for the running game to work for both Lamar Miller and Ryan Tannehill. And look for some big pass plays to be set up by the run option and play action pass. 
  • I expect Brian Hartline to get in the endzone this week.
  • Jaguars offensive weapon Denard Robinson had a breakout game at running back last week. I am not as worried about him running as much as a safety valve out of the backfield for Bortles. The Dolphins need to be aware of him at all times when he is on the field.
  • The Jags defense is tough and the team is better than their record, look for them to come out fired up early.
Like I said, this is historically (recent history) the type of game the Fins lose. But Dolfans travel well, and Jacksonville may seem like a home game. I think the offense keeps clicking and the defense is the best that Blake Bortles has faced, Miami should win this one easily. Prediction: Dolphins 41 Jaguars 13. Everyone enjoy the game.


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