The Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars have completed their Week 2 showdown, with the Jaguars coming out ahead as the final gun sounded. The final score was 23-20 on a field goal with less than a minute from the Jaguars.
Some rapid reactions to the game:
- The Dolphins are still flat coming out to start the game. They are obviously making adjustments at halftime, but something has to be done to have the club start faster each week.
- Ryan Tannehill, once he finds his rhythm, is impressive, threading the ball through tight windows and putting it just about anywhere he wants.
- Reshad Jones is still dominating on defense, showing up in, what seems like every play. He once again led the team in tackles.
- Ja'Wuan James had a rough day, getting called for multiple penalties and struggling throughout the day. Bad days are expected for young players, but he has to clean up his performance quickly.
- Branden Albert is injured - again. It is beginning to feel like Albert is similar to Jake Long - a tone of talent, but just cannot stay healthy. This injury is reported to be a hamstring issue, with no timetable yet for return.
- Cameron Wake spent a lot of time out of the game, though no injury was reported by the team.
- Before the game, we listed depth as one of the three things to watch in the game. That proved true with the Albert injury, an injury to Ndamukong Suh, one to Lamar Miller, and Wake sitting out.
- Play calling is still leading to question marks. Why would you call a 2-yard out route on 3rd-and-15? I don't know either, but that is exactly what Miami did in this game.
- Congratulations to Ryan Tannehill on his 9th career 300-yard passing performance. I don't know how a 30-for-44, 359 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT performance leads to a loss, but this week it did.
- I really enjoy those Luke McCown commercials. Good for him.
- Olivier Vernon has got to be smarter than that. He was called for a personal foul with a minute to go in the game for a retaliation shove. It gave the Jaguars the ball inside field goal range and ensured the Jaguars could eat up as much of the clock as possible before kicking the game winning field goal.
- The Dolphins have had two games against teams predicted to be in the bottom part of the league this year. Next week, they have a Bills team looking to make up for losing this week to the Patriots. If the Dolphins play like they have been early in the game, that game could get ugly early.
- This game was just a flat out disappointment. There's not a lot else to say about it.