The lone highlight for the Jaguars in their Sunday matchup against the Dolphins was Cecil Shorts III continuing his march 1,000 yards.
The Jaguar passing attack was slightly less anemic than the rushing attack. Perhaps calling them “attack” is a departure from the truth. Montell Owens came back to earth after averaging 5.7 yards per carry entering the game. Owens contributed just 47 yards on 11 carries. The Jaguars could never control the clock because of the poor running and the game got away from them. The Dolphins controlled the ball for 34 minutes and never let the Jags find a rhythm.
Ryan Tannehill had a big day with two touchdowns and 220 yards while completing 22 of 28 passes. He also contributed 52 yards on the ground. Brian Hartline and Anthony Fasano were the major recipients for Tannehill, totaling 11 receptions for 133. Fasano and Jorvorskie Lane caught Tannehill’s two touchdowns. Reggie Bush helped control the clock with 104 rushing yards on 21 carries.
The Jaguars special teams unit was able to limit Marcus Thigpen to only 19 return yards on two kickoff returns. The highlight of the game for the Jaguars was the play of Justin Blackmon and Shorts. Shorts finished the game with 101 yards on six receptions. Blackmon had 93 yards on six receptions. Both had longs of 30+ with a 30 yard reception for Shorts and a 38 yard reception for Blackmon.
The story of the game was largely the inability of the Jacksonville defense to get the Miami offense off the field. Tyson Alualu contributed a sack and Jason Babin forced a fumble, but the positives end there. The Jags were steamrolled by the Dolphins as they found their groove and showed that their rebuild is much further along than the Jaguars’.
- Luke N. Sims
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