The Miami Dolphins will kick off week two this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They come into the game with one victory already in the win column after last weekends victory over the Washington Redskins. As the game inches closer to kick-off, a 4:00 start this afternoon, several players will be trying to get healthy enough to play. Will that have an impact on the game?
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Cameron Wake, Reshad Jones, Derrick Shelby, and Olivier Vernon are all dinged up one degree or another. All of the players are expected to participate but the question will surround their ability to play at 100%. The Jaguars, on paper, don’t offer the Dolphins much of a threat to opening the season 2-0 but this is the NFL where anything can happen.
Last week the Dolphins defense gave up 160 plus yards to the Redskins and last week for Jacksonville, rookie T.J. Yeldon averaged four yards per carry. Stopping Yeldon will force the game on Blake Bortles shoulders where he will use a combination of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson as his biggest threats from the receiver group.
While the Jaguars are trying to build a young team, the Dolphins are trying to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. A quick start to the season will be key and this is one of those games that the Dolphins must win simply because it’s a game that they should win. Losing to the Jaguars today will expose the Dolphins problems and that will be something that Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills will take notice of next week.
For Miami it’s a matter of fixing what went wrong in week one. I know it’s nitpicking but the Dolphins played a sloppy week one game and they can ill afford to continue that which would make it a trend. Miami has the opportunity to get their game together on both sides of the ball this week. But will they?
Who do you think will win this weeks match-up of Florida teams?