The Jacksonville Jaguars struggled to move the ball for most of the first half of their Week 6 matchup against the Miami Dolphins. However, a touchdown reception by wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. helped them get back in the game ahead of halftime. The score is 13-10 at the start of the second half.
For a moment, it looked like the Jaguars would head into halftime with just three points but Jones’ 28-yard reception cuts the Dolphins’ lead to just three points. Keep in mind that the Jaguars have struggled to move the ball for most of the first half. After kicking a field goal in their first possession (their first one in 2021), they went three and out in back-to-back possessions.
Penalties and head-scratching drops played a key role in the Jaguars’ inability to move the ball and score points in the first half. Tight end Dan Arnold had a 19-yard reception in Jacksonville’s first drive of the game but later had a drop near the Phins’ red zone that forced the Jags’ to settle for the field goal. Had the former Carolina Panther caught the ball, the Jaguars could have had the chance to score a touchdown.
In the Jaguars’ second possession, guard Ben Bartch committed a clipping penalty that moved the offense back 12 yards. Later in the game, running back James Robinson broke off a 20+ yard run but it was called back due to a facemask penalty by rookie tight end Luke Farrell. Here’s Jones’ touchdown in case you missed it or want to watch it again.
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to wake up in the second half.
The Jaguars’ secondary couldn’t stop the Dolphins’ offense even though they were without wide receiver DeVante Parker. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has played well in his first game back after suffering a rib injury. So far, he’s completed 19 of 29 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown. Meanwhile, Trevor Lawrence went 12-of-20 for 147 yards and one touchdown. James Robinson has toted the rock seven times for 22 yards.
The Jaguars completed just seven first downs in the first half. That needs to change. They will get the ball first in the second half they must keep scoring if they want to avoid losing their sixth game of the season.