Jacksonville Jaguars defeat Miami Dolphins 23-20: Quick Notes


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Providing a stark contrast to their week 1 outing against the Carolina Panthers, the Jacksonville Jaguars provided one of the more exciting wins in the last 3 years in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. On the strength of a monstrous first half by second year wide receiver

Allen Robinson

, the Jaguars came out to an early 17-6 lead that appeared to signal a change in the way the Jaguars moved the ball on offense.

The big plays in the first half didn’t continue in the second half, but the Jaguars defense managed to hold on just enough to give Blake Bortles and company a chance to win the game at the end. The second year QB delivered with a terrific 66 yard drive that ended with a game-winning field goal by newly minted started placekicker Jason Myers.

Here are a few quick notes from the Jaguars’ first win of the year:

  • Allen Robinson looked like the breakout player most predicted him to be for the majority of the first half. He had a big-time contested catch, a masterful double move for a big touchdown, and another touchdown on a solid possession catch in the endzone. The most encouraging part of the offense was Bortles’ trust in Robinson and willingness to throw him the ball in 1-on-1 situations. The Jaguars appear to have a very good receiver on their hands in Robinson.
  • Ryan Tannehill had a pretty good game until the last few drives, probably too good for the Jaguars’ liking. Defensively, the Jaguars were running on fumes in the secondary with injuries to Davon House and Aaron Colvin. Hopefully they get healthy because Tannehill had a lethal run early in the second half where it seemed like he was going to complete every pass.
  • Let’s give some recognition to Jared Odrick playing against his former team. He was the lone Jaguar providing a consistent pass rush and he was integral to shutting down the Dolphins’ offense in the last two drives. He recovered nicely from the struggles of his week 1 game.
  • With all the positives to takeaway from this game, one of the disappointing facets was the running game. Outside of a few flash plays where he broke tackles, T.J. Yeldon had a rough time trying to run the ball. His 2.8 yard average was indicative of how well the Dolphins’ run defense played. The running game for the Jaguars is something we’ll dive into this week, as it appears the blocking is not doing Yeldon any favors. It was almost as if the Dolphins knew when the Jaguars were going to run the ball and stacked the box to get defenders past the line of scrimmage.

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