Jaguars' explosive offense eyes opportunity against Dolphins

By John Reid, The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.) on

Published in Football

In a shortened week of preparations, the Jaguars appear to have the ideal opponent for Gardner Minshew and the offense to continue rolling in Thursday night's primetime affair in Jacksonville.

The Miami Dolphins' defense has been unable to provide much resistance to keep teams from piling up yards and points. Miami was carved up for the second week in a row Sunday when quarterback Josh Allen and Buffalo Bills racked up 528 yards in a 31-28 victory.

In Week 1, New England rushed for 217 yards against the Dolphins that led to a 21-11 win.

Now, the Jaguars get their opportunity to do the same, possibly.

"Hopefully we can keep that consistency going," Coach Doug Marrone said. "You have to be able to challenge people on the outside or in the middle of the field and right now we have guys playing at a high level."

The Jaguars' offense has flourished behind Minshew's accuracy and the big-play combination of DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and rookie running back James Robinson after two games.


The Jaguars put up 30 points on Tennessee last week in a three-point loss on the road, and they overcame a slow start to beat AFC South rival Indianapolis 27-20 in Week 1.

Jacksonville has now entered the must-win portion of its schedule, facing both winless Miami (0-2) and Cincinnati (0-2) on back-to-back weeks. If they beat the Dolphins and Bengals, the Jaguars would have a 3-1 record after the first quarter of the season.

It would be a record few imagined considering they were projected to be one of the league's worst teams. Last month, tanking speculation persisted to improve their chances of selecting Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 draft.

Instead of tanking, the Jaguars appear to be a young team to reckon with because of their high-powered offense. The Jaguars trailed the Titans 14-0 in the first quarter before storming back to tie the score at 30 late in the fourth quarter before losing on a field goal with just under two minutes remaining.


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