The Jacksonville Jaguars grind out a win against the Miami Dolphins.
By Kathy Clark
The Jacksonville Jaguars played the role of spoiler as they beat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, 17-7 on the road.
The Jacksonville Jaguars travelled to Miami to play the Dolphins at Hard Rock Arena. The game was a penalty fest since each team had 10 penalties.
The offense was nonexistent after the first two drives, but Jacksonville scored a field goal and an interception return for a touchdown to win the game.
We won the coin toss and deferred so Miami started the game on offense. The Dolphins moved effortlessly down the field and scored a touchdown. In fact it was so easy that the “tank” word came to mind.
Todd Wash played Jalen Ramsey so far off the Miami receivers that he couldn’t engage in his usual trash talk. Ramsey seemed very frustrated since he is a man to man corner and was playing zone. In fairness to Wash the defensive scheme improved greatly after the first drive.
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The defense tightened up the coverage and made a concerted effort to rush Tannehill. The Dolphins never scored another point.
The visitors returned the favor and scored on their first drive as well. Leonard Fournette finished the drive with a one yard run. The offense came to a halt after that score. James Lofton, CBS color commentator, made an interesting comment.
He said that Fournette is a downhill runner and some of the plays called for him require him to move sideways along the line of scrimmage and make a quick cut. There are also plays that require Fournette to go around the end.
He is not that type of back so why are those plays being called?
Cody Kessler’s lack of mobility became more and more of an issue as the sacks – five – began to add up. Coach Doug Marrone made the decision to put Blake Bortles in the game to replace Kessler at quarterback. This decision was a success because the Jaguars took a 10-7 lead on a Kai Forbath field goal.
Finally the game got exciting. Telvin Smith intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass and ran it back for a touchdown. Jacksonville 17 Miami 7. Therewas a taunting penalty but luckily it didn’t cause a problem. The game ended and the Jaguars won!
Carlos Hyde looked good running the ball with eight carries for 47 yards. Dede Westbrook caught seven passes for 47 yards and had a 44 yard punt return.
Myles Jack made eight tackles and looked impressive on several solo tackles. The defense had three sacks. There is talent on this team. These Jaguars play one more game this season.
A victory would be nice to end the season on a positive note. GO JAGUARS!