The Miami Dolphins upset the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-13 on Thursday night. It really shouldn’t have been an upset because Miami has more talent. Somebody in Las Vegas forgot that the Jaguars are “Tanking for Trevor.”
But anyway, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Myles Gaskin, DeVante Parker, Shaq Lawson, Kyle Van Noy, Kamu Grugier-Hill and Xavien Howard are among the reasons Miami won. The Miami Dolphins are an improved team. Not flawless, but young, and improved.
A Thursday Night Football showdown between a 37-year-old, Harvard-educated quarterback who looks like he wants to lead block greater than throw the ball and a second-year quarterback who as soon as drank a bottle of Jack Daniels so he might break his personal hand with a hammer to obtain a medical redshirt as a way to prolong his faculty profession. Soccer guys to a T — it would not get significantly better than that.
These two quarterbacks lead the 2 youngest groups within the NFL, however it was the previous veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick who got here out on high as he and the Miami Dolphins left with a blowout win over Gardner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars. From the quarterbacks to the multitude of rookies taking the sphere, listed below are 5 massive takeaways from the Dolphins’ 31-13 upset win over the Jaguars.
It wasn’t a type of “Fitzmagic” video games we noticed early in 2018 when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, those through which he routinely dropped bombs downfield, however Fitzpatrick executed Miami’s offense to close perfection final evening in opposition to Jacksonville.
The veteran quarterback earned a 91.5 PFF grade for the evening, the fifth-best of his profession within the PFF period (since 2006), and he threw a catchable ball on nearly each go — simply certainly one of his 20 passes was deemed uncatchable. All informed, he accomplished 18 of his 20 go makes an attempt (90.0%) for 160 yards and two scores; he went 6-for-6 for 81 yards, a rating and an ideal passer ranking of 158.three whereas below strain and 12-for-14 for 79 yards, a rating and a passer ranking of 114.Zero when he was saved clear.
There have been no deep big-time throws from Fitzpatrick, however he did have a pair to the intermediate degree, akin to this seed to broad receiver Preston Williams:
Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth total choose of the 2020 NFL Draft, is clearly Miami’s resolution at quarterback come 2021, however Fitzpatrick placed on a efficiency that made us all neglect that the Dolphins had Tagovailoa on the bench. Some might have thought that we would have seen Tagovailoa by now, however Miami is hesitant to place him on the market on the sphere, given he is not even a 12 months faraway from damage, however how might you throw the electrical Fitzpatrick on the bench when he is taking part in as he’s?
I wrote about how I assumed Minshew may really be a franchise quarterback only a few days in the past in my weekly recap article. Clearly, I might nonetheless take a tank for Trevor 12 months over Minshew long-term, however the 2019 sixth-round choose had been wanting like he might be the franchise man if Jacksonville Jaguars is out of attain on one of many premier quarterbacks within the 2021 draft class. Final evening, although, Minshew regarded removed from that participant.
Minshew recorded only a 52.9 PFF grade, which was the second-worst of his profession. The spine of Minshew’s success to date had been his accuracy and contact downfield, however that was nowhere to be discovered final evening. He accomplished simply three of 10 passes that have been thrown 10 or extra yards downfield and had only one big-time throw. And whereas it was a powerful throw and regarded just like the Minshew all of us got here to like, it got here within the closing minutes of the sport with the Jags nonetheless down by 18…