Preview: Week 2 Dolphins vs Jaguars

Miami Dolphins (-6) vs Jacksonville Jaguars
4:05pm Kickoff
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerline

After a win over Washington in week one, the Miami Dolphins left last week with more questions than answers. They look to improve to 2-0 as they travel up the interstate to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If you really listened to some players after the game, you would have believed they lost. Ryan Tannehill, who went 22/34, 226 yards and a touchdown, was disappointed in his play. He left throws on the field and overall didn't play his best. While he wasn't the biggest concern on offense, lots were left to be desired when it came to the running game. Lamar Miller only carried the ball three times in the first half, most of that had to do with the big difference in time of possession. Look for the Dolphins to get Miller going, which should help Tannehill and company to move the ball successfully.

Coming into the 2015 season, there was hope that the defense, led by Suh, would cure the defensive woes which plagued the team at the end of last season. Unfortunately, the problems were not solved against Washington, as they carved up the defense for 164 yards on the ground and 350+ total yards for the game. They were faced with cut blocking all game, which allowed the Redskins to take advantage. The pass defense continued to play well with Brent Grimes, Zack Bowman and Rashad Jones. They come into this game against Jacksonville where they had success last year, returning two INT for touchdowns en route to a 27-13 victory.

There was much hope for the Jaguars coming into this campaign. Second year Blake Bortles showed some flashes of being a good QB for this young team. Their receiving corps, also promising, looks to bounce back from a poor performance in their 20-9 defeat to the Carolina Panthers. Bortles tossed a costly interception in the third quarter, which was returned for a touchdown which sealed their fate. He wasn't helped with 5 dropped passes and poor offensive line play which led to five sacks. Bottles was sacked a leave high 54 times last season. This week they may be without 2013 first round tackle Luke Joeckel as he is nursing a ankle sprain.

Defensively, this unit has kept Jacksonville alive in many games over the past year. They held Carolina to 13 points in week one, stifling Cam Newton and the rest of the offense. Led by Paul Posluszny, they are poised to bring the attack to try to force Miami to being one dimensional, which they were against Washington as well as last season in this matchup in particular. The Jags will be missing Jonathan Cyprien, their good Safety as well as Sen'Derick Marks, their big DT in this game.

Here are key players in injury report leading up to the game.

Dolphins Injury Report:

Olivier Vernon (ankle) - Probable
Cameron Wake (hamstring) - questionable, likely to play
Rashad Jones (hamstring)- questionable
Derek Shelby- (Eye)- questionable
Dion Sims (concussion)- out

Jaguars Injury report:

Jonathan Cyprien- Doubtful
Andre Branch- Out
Luke Joeckel- questionable
Sen'Derick Marks- Out
Toby Gerhert- Doubtful
Dwayne Gratz- Out
Marquise Lee- Probable

Prediction:

While this again is another mismatch on paper, this may be another nail biter if the a Dolphins defense can't get off the field. Look for the Dolphins to try and establish the run early, to allow the play action pass and read option to be more effective. Look for the Dolphins defense to challenge their OL with multiple blitz packages and force these young receivers to make plays

Dolphins 24, Jaguars 14

Season record 1-0

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