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Where: Hard Rock Stadium
When: Thursday, August 22, 2019, 8:00 pm ET
We have week three of the National Football League preseason schedule to discuss for Thursday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins square off on in a nationally televised game on Fox. Jacksonville is 0-2 this preseason and Miami is 1-1 this preseason. This should be a good game between the two NFL teams from Florida!
Foles Set To Play Thursday
Jacksonville has started the preseason 0-2 largely because Head Coach Doug Marrone has decided to sit his starters as much as he can this preseason in the hopes his crew will be fresher on opening day. Jacksonville is coming off a 24-10 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles where Marrone sat 31 players including quarterback Nick Foles. Foles has yet to play this season but I suspect he will make his Jaguars debut against the Dolphins on Thursday night.
Head Coach Doug Marrone meets the media before today's practice. https://t.co/gnLdGTB5Qp
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 18, 2019
Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew seems to have the backup job locked up and threw for 202 yards on 19/29 passing without a touchdown. Minshew was sacked three times for 16 yards and much of this has to do with the lack of depth on the Jaguars offensive line. The backups surrendered four sacks against the Eagles and this lack of depth is concerning for an offensive line ranked 21st in Pro Football Focus preseason rankings.
One interesting position battle is at wide receiver between Terrelle Pryor and fourth-year pro Tre McBride. McBride hauled in four of his five targets for 47 yards and an unfortunate fumble so look for these two to have opportunities on Thursday night.
Only two defensive starters played against Philadelphia last week and we would expect to see more of a defense ranked #14 one season ago.
Fitzpatrick the Dolphins Staring QB?
The Dolphins enter Thursday night against Jacksonville 1-1 on the preseason and suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 14-12. Miami rested a plethora of offensive starters and was led by second-year quarterback Josh Rosen who threw for 102 yards on 10/18 passing. Rookie running back Patrick Laird had a nice night rushing for 51 yards on seven attempts and hauled in two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Coach Flores and players break down last night's performance in Tampa Bay.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) August 18, 2019
There seems to be a battle between Rosen and newly acquired this offseason quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. It appears that the future will have to wait as Head Coach Brian Flores has decided to name Fitzpatrick as the Dolphins starter for Thursday night. That generally means Fitzpatrick will start their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
Rosen stated that he just wants to improve and is not focused on the QB battle.
“I’m not focusing on the competition at all,” Rosen said after practice Tuesday. “I obviously care about playing and all this, but in terms of where I stand, I really couldn’t care less about the whole competition. I’m really just trying to be the best that I can be. Fitz is trying to be the best that he can be. We’re trying to help each other. A rising tide raises all ships. Either one of us that proves worthy to rise the tide the most, I guess, will be the guy. But it’s about becoming the best quarterback that you can be. It’s not about just kind of one-upping the guy next to you because that sort of defeats the purpose of being a teammate in the first place.”
Flores also rested several defensive players, including cornerback Xavien Howard, safeties Reshad Jones and T.J. McDonald, key members of the secondary, and linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel, Kiko Alonso, Chase Allen, Raekwon McMillan, and Quentin Poling. It’s likely the number 20 ranked defense from one season ago will see some significant time Thursday against Jacksonville.
- Dolphins are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Jaguars are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
- Jaguars are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Updated on Aug 22 at 12:00pm EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Dolphins have gotten 55% of the bets and the line has stayed true at Miami -2.5 all week. Maybe a little sharp money on the Jags in this one.
Injury / Weather Report
Jacksonville’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: RB Ryquell Armstead and TE Josh Oliver
Out: LB Quincy Williams and LB Jake Ryan
Miami’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: RB Kenyan Drake and DB Reshad Jones
Out: DT Vincent Taylor and DB Cordrea Tankersley
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Jacksonville is pointing to their regular-season opener and quarterback Nick Foles hasn’t even stepped on the field yet so we must consider the Dolphins to beat the Jaguars on Thursday night.
Fitzpatrick is a gamer and the way he flattened Tampa Bay safety M.J. Stewart that he means business no matter what “season” it is. Rosen is also going to see the field and has been decent for Miami.
Foles is going to be rusty as will whoever else starts on offense for Jacksonville Thursday night. Minshew does a nice job at quarterback for the Jags and will likely want to continue his momentum in solidifying the backup job.
I expect the Dolphins to beat the Jaguars on Thursday night.
Full-Game Total Pick
I don’t expect many points on Thursday night as neither offense is very electric and the defenses are halfway decent for both sides. Jacksonville has allowed 53 points that are mostly due to the fact the Jags haven’t put their best defensive players on the field for more than a snap or two but I expect those starters to get some playing time Thursday. The Dolphins have allowed 43 points this preseason and that is also mostly due to their starters not seeing the field. I expect that to change for this game on Thursday.
I see this game going UNDER the total on Thursday night.