Weekly Superlatives: Jaguars vs Dolphins


Handing out awards to the Jacksonville Jaguars that get it done, this is a new weekly post that we will be writing here on Black & Teal. The name says it all — we will do a run down of all the weekly superlatives from every Jags game for the rest of the 2015 season.

Offensive Player of the Week:  There were two candidates that both deserved to win this week, but the one that stood out the most was Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson.

He had a monster first half that laid the foundation for the Jaguars’ 23-20 victory against their instate rival, the Miami Dolphins. Robinson caught 6 passes for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day.

Not only was this his most impressive day statistically as a Jaguar, it was also his most impressive day based on the eye test. He went up and made several impressive catches on 50/50 balls, and burned the Dolphins’ defense for a 46-yard touchdown in the first half. He was easily the Jaguars’ most impressive player against the Dolphins.

Sep 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Player of the Week: While the Jaguars’ run defense played well, the Jacksonville Jaguars still struggled to keep the Miami Dolphins offense from moving the ball, allowing Ryan Tannehill to pass for 359 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Despite the Dolphins moving the ball effectively for most of the game, they were still held to just 20 points. With no Jaguars defenders having truly dominant performances, we went with the one who had the biggest impact play.

Of course if you watched the game you already know that the most impactful defensive play was Jared Odrick’s sack fumble of Ryan Tannehill late in the fourth quarter that essentially ended the Dolphins’ chances of scoring again. Earlier in the week Odrick, the former Dolphin, played it cool when asked about the matchup with his former team. After the game his tone changed a bit, as he had this to say regarding facing his former team:

"I was lying, it did feel personal."

Special Teams Player of the Week: This one is easy. Jason Myers had an awesome day, one he will not soon forget.

Myers was 3/3 kicking field goals and 2/2 on extra points. He was able to make an amazing 58-yard field goal at the end of the first half and then, late in the fourth quarter, he drilled a short field goal to give the Jacksonville Jaguars the lead that would win them the game.

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Myers was everything you could hope for out of your kicker and more. After a poor first outing that left fans wondering why the Jags got rid of their legendary kicker, Josh Scobee, Myers put the fans at ease, showing them that they now have a leg they can trust for the future.

Most Improved Player: Allen Robinson or Jason Myers could have easily won this superlative too. However, instead of giving either of them two superlatives, we decided to go with the guy throwing the ball.

Blake Bortles was much improved after his miserable performance in the first week against the Panthers. He made clutch throw after clutch throw to keep the Jaguars alive in this game that everyone had picked them to lose.

Bortles, who turned the ball over twice in Week 1, had zero turnovers against the Dolphins. He was 18/33, throwing for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and he was able to lead the Jaguars down the field at the end of the fourth quarter for the game winning drive.

Sep 20, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (2) kicks a 58 yard field goal during the second quarter of an NFL Football game against the Miami Dolphins at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Game Ball: Head coach Gus Bradley deserves the game ball.

After a depressing first week loss, he kept the guys together, with his infinite positivity and desire to get better each day. He made all the right calls in this one and led the team to first place in the division for the first time since he took over as the head coach of the Jaguars in 2013. In Bradley’s post game speech he said: 

"You played for your teammates!!"

It was evident that the players did indeed play for their teammates and their coach, as they left it all on the field on Sunday night. Bradley is a true inspiration to these players and it shows.

Needs the Most Improvement: Last week against the Carolina Panthers, Rashad Greene had seven catches and a touchdown in his first regular season game in the NFL.

Despite having so many catches and reaching the end zone, he still had several mistakes. In particular, dropped a pass that would have put the Jaguars within 5 yards of the end zone.

Fast forward to this week — he had two dropped passes and one of them was a drive killer, as it came on a third down when the Jaguars desperately needed to find some rhythm on offense. Greene has showed that he is very talented and has even made some big plays, but he needs to stay  focused and quit dropping the ball.

That’s it for this week! Stop by next week to find out who won our Weekly Superlatives in the Jaguars’ Week 3 matchup against the undefeated New England Patriots.

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