Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview (10/17/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Matchup Preview (10/17/21)
Heading into the season, the Miami Dolphins were an attractive pick for a playoff run in their third year under head coach Brian Flores. The Fins finished last year 10-6 and were hoping offseason additions such as first-round wide receiver Jaylen Waddle would push them over the edge. That hasn’t happened so far. The team sits at 1-4 on the season, sharing the cellar of the AFC East with the New York Jets. An injury to QB Tua Tagovailoa certainly hasn’t helped things, and neither the offense nor defense look anywhere close to the darkhorse playoff-contending team we saw last season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, however, would gladly trade places with the Dolphins. They might not have had huge expectations entering the season, but they have barely shown any signs of life. The team is 0-5 so far, and the entire organization seems shaky from top to bottom. Head coach Urban Meyer has had to deal with plenty in his time as head coach, between speculation that he’s eyeing the open position at USC, off-the-field issues, and some believing he’s simply not ready to compete in the pros. When the Jaguars and Dolphins meet in London this Sunday, two squads will fight to try and avoid a lost season. Here’s what you should expect.
Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Odds
How do you make the case for either team when it’s hard to find many positives? Both squads desperately need a win here, which will hopefully make it a more entertaining matchup. But who will pull ahead? Strangely enough, the Jaguars have a real opportunity to win here. Despite all the dysfunction, they’re facing a team that has shown very little throughout five weeks this year. Additionally, QB Trevor Lawrence and RB James Robinson are playing better the past few weeks, and have the opportunity to put up some numbers.
The Dolphins will struggle in this game. While they’ve had a couple of close games, the blowouts are concerning and they’re ranking towards the bottom of the league on both sides. Whether Tua Tagovailoa or Jacoby Brissett lines up at center, they do have an opportunity to air it out against the Jaguars defense, which has been allowing 286.6 yards per game. However, the fact that both quarterbacks are injured is troubling, especially when you couple that with their injured WR corps. It’s not the easiest decision, but I believe the Jaguars will barely win in this ugly overseas matchup.
My predictions: Jaguars win 20-18, Jaguars moneyline, under 45.5 points
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Date: Sunday, October 17
Time: 9:30 AM PM ET
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London, England
TV Coverage: CBS
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Miami Dolphins: TE Adam Shaheen (knee) Q, WR DeVante Parker (shoulder) O, QB Jacoby Brissett (hamstring) Q, WR William Fuller V (finger) IR
Jacksonville Jaguars: C Brandon Linder (MCL) O, LB Myles Jack (oblique) Q, DE Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle) O, DE Lerentee McCray (hamstring) O, CB Tyson Campbell (toe) Q, LB Dakota Allen (shoulder) Q
Miami Dolphins Analysis
Did we come into this season with too high of expectations for the Dolphins? The team’s been underperforming on both sides of the ball, with the low point being a 35-0 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills. The team was really hoping this season would hush the Tua Tagoviloa doubters, but he barely got to play enough to answer any questions before going down with a rib injury. Whether he plays or not on Sunday, the Dolphins need a spark to get this 31st ranked offense going. In my mind, there’s not a huge difference between Tagovailo and backup Jacoby Brissett, and I’ll believe that until I see more from the second-year passer.
But a QB injury is far from the only problem facing the Dolphins. This team simply can’t run the ball this season, with their leading rusher Myles Gaskin managing only 167 yards on the ground. Overall, they’re at the bottom of the league with just 70.4 rushing yards per game. The team’s receiving corps has been decent thanks to the trio of TE Mike Gesicki and WRs DeVante Parker and Jaylen Waddle. But with Parker going down with a shoulder injury, coupled with the loss of Will Fuller V, the rest of the receivers will have to step up.
The Dolphins defense was supposed to be the team’s strength heading into the season. Not seeing that so far. The team is 30th in the league, allowing 422.2 yards per game. The most disappointing player so far has been CB Xavien Howard, who has one lone interception after nabbing 10 last season. The Fins are also allowing over 30 points a game, and that’s simply not sustainable with an underwhelming offense.
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Jacksonville Jaguars Analysis
Sometimes I feel like we’re going to get a 30 for 30 documentary about this Jaguars season. The team is currently on a 20-game losing streak from last year, and it’s tough to make the case that they’re going to turn it around anytime soon. Coach Urban Meyer’s chair is getting hotter by the minute, and that chair will be scorching during the international flight home if they can’t turn things around.
The Jags are coming off a 37-19 blowout loss against the divisional rival Tennessee Titans. Were distractions all week the issue or is the team simply that bad? I’d say a little bit of both. The good news is that there are pieces on this squad. QB Trevor Lawrence has played noticeably better in his past few games, and you have to hope a rough rookie season won’t hurt his development.
For as much as I’ve criticized Jacksonville, RB James Robinson is becoming a major part of this Jags offense. In the past three weeks, the running back has 315 yards on the ground to go with four TDs. The team was probably bummed out by the loss of Travis Etienne, but Robinson has stepped up in his absence. Jacksonville would be smart to build the offense around him for the rest of the season.
Jacksonville Jaguars Depth Chart
Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Daily Fantasy Picks
I’ve been big on James Robinson the past few weeks, and that’s not going to change as long as he’s the centerpiece of the Jags offense. He hasn’t factored in the passing game in a few weeks, but he’s still been productive on the ground in terms of yards and scoring. Robinson is averaging 17.7 fantasy points per game and is $6,300 on DraftKings. Plus, he’s got a favorable matchup against this disappointing Dolphins defense. Roll with Robinson in Week 6.