The Miami Dolphins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 31 – 13, to get their first win of the regular season. On offense, the running and passing game were both on point. Then, on the defensive side of the ball, they were putting pressure on the quarterback and the defensive backs were playing good. In conclusion, here are the positives and negatives on the Dolphins offensive and defensive side of the ball.
Dolphins Offense Week 3
The Dolphins offense was finally moving the ball and scoring points this week against the Jaguars. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 160 yards, two touchdowns, and he had a completion percentage of 90 percent. Myles Gaskin ran the ball well as he had 22 carries, for 66 yards, but no touchdowns Also, Fitzpatrick ran the ball seven times this week and averaged 5.4 yards per attempt. Then, the receiving core played well as Fitzpatrick was able to throw it to 8 different players (including himself). The big-time receivers were DeVante Parker (5 Receptions, 69 Yards), Mike Gesicki (1 Reception, 15 Yards, and 1 Touchdown), and Preston Williams (2 Receptions, 7 Yards, and 1 Touchdown). On the other hand, there were still some negatives for the Dolphins offense.
After the Dolphins brought in both Matt Breida and Jordan Howard in the offseason, they have been completely irreverent. Howard is the power back, so the only time he touches the football, is when they are on the one-yard line. Breida only got 3 carries for 4 yards this week against the Jaguars. Each game Gaskins is looking like a franchise running back, while Breida and Howard lose their jobs. Overall, it was a good week for the offensive side of the ball.
Dolphins Defense Week 3
The Dolphins were finally putting some major pressure on Gardner Minshew this week. Kyle Van Noy seemed to be deep in the backfield on every single down. Van Noy had a tackle, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. All of the defensive backs played well with some major lockdown plays by Noah Igbinoghene. Xavian Howard got an interception late in the game, which sealed the win for the Dolphins. As always, there are always some negatives to take away even from an awesome game like this one.
The run defense was not the best this week as James Robinson ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson is an average running back in the NFL, so the Dolphins need to step it up or teams like the Patriots and Raiders will be able to dominate. In conclusion, the Dolphins defense played well, but still, need to improve on some minor adjustments.
Dolphins Special Teams Week 3
Jason Sanders had another perfect day as he kicked one field goal and four extra-point conversions. Sanders has yet to miss a kick this season. Matt Haack had a beautiful punt that landed inside the five-yard line against the Jaguars in week three. He averaged 41 yards per punt and landed two of them inside the 20. Jakeem Grant did punt and kick return for the Dolphins in week three. On kick returning he averaged 15.5 yards per return. While on punt return he averaged 14 yards per return. Overall, solid game all around for the special teams unit today.
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