The second week of the 2015 NFL season is upon us, with the Miami Dolphins heading to North Florida to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a lackluster 17-10 win over the Washington Redskins, the Dolphins are looking to find their rhythm this week to carry them through the rest of their early season schedule. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are looking to rebound from a 20-9 loss the Carolina Panthers, hoping to avoid an 0-2 start to the year.
We asked several of the Phinsider contributors to provide us with a prediction of the game, which you will find below. You will also have your chance to make a prediction using the widget at the end of the story. Make sure you put in an entry. SB Nation is tracking how well each team's blog predicts their scores throughout the season, with all of the managing editors hoping to gain bragging rights.
Here are the predictions:
Brian Naidus: Dolphins 24, Jaguars 17
Many of us may have gotten ahead of ourselves last week and underestimated our competition. Ironically enough, our victory against Washington last week was very reminiscent of our narrow win on the road against the Jaguars last year. Miami will face a similar test from last week, playing a team on the road with some offensive question marks but a tough front seven on defense.
Miami's win over Washington should help significantly to prepare them for this matchup and I anticipate their offense and defense will start a bit smoother than last week. I think Blake Bortles will finally find his groove near the end of the game, but by then it will be too little too late. Miami improves both their run offense and defense in Week 2, and walks out of Duval with a 7 point victory to remain undefeated.
Kdog92: Dolphins 31, Jaguars 14
In the preseason, the Dolphins first team offense and defense looked to be ready for regular season play. Both sides of the ball disappointed last week. A win is a win however. This weekend, I am expecting the Dolphins to play a lot better. The team is upset over their poor play and they are going to come out firing on both sides of the ball. The defense is going to be constantly pressuring Blake Bortles while the offense is going to have a better showing in the run game. I feel like Jordan Cameron and Lamar Miller are in for a big game. The run game was nonexistent last week, but I expect Miller to get over 100 yards with a score or two. The Dolphins are the better team and shouldn't have any trouble beating the Jaguars. Now I'm having flashbacks to the Redskins game...
Alex Parish: Dolphins 27, Jaguars 13
Two things that are key for Miami against Jacksonville are the team's run defense and the ability to score in the red zone. Miami only scored 256 yards on offense and allowed Washington to rack up 161 rushing yards. Also problematic, starting safety Reshad Jones, defensive end Derrick Shelby and tight end Dion Sims all missed Wednesday's practice, and are doubtful. Having said that, Miami has far more talent on its roster than Jacksonville's. Add in the fact that starting tackle Luke Joeckel could miss game, and suddenly Blake Bortles could be running for us life against Miami's defensive line. Miami win, 2-0.
Kevin Nogle: Dolphins 31, Jaguars 10
I think the Dolphins offense comes out angry this week, looking to show it is not the out-of-sync team they were early in the Washington Redskins game. The defense will also look to impose their will, and they will probably get to quarterback Blake Bortles throughout the game, but they manage to score a touchdown.
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