The Thursday night time jinx is around.
Ryan Fitzpatrick came out on hearth as the Dolphins jumped to a 14- direct en route to a 31-13 victory in excess of the host Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night time.
Fitzpatrick savored an early extend of exceptional accuracy and completed with two touchdowns passing and 1 hurrying.
The Dolphins experienced been handily overwhelmed in their preceding 4 Thursday Night time Soccer appearances and had to travel for this just one, but recorded their initial earn of the period, bettering to 1-2 and earning a couple times of relaxation ahead of making ready to participate in host to the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 4.
The Jaguars are 1-2.
Critical takeaways from the match:
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1. Patience, Tua fans: They had been completely ready to generate Fitzpatrick’s occupation obit right after that a few-interception opener.
Seem at him now.
Fitzpatrick connected on his initial 12 passes (which include two touchdowns) and had a streak of 21 completions dating back again to the Charges video game. In brief, he was virtually best as the Dolphins came storming out of the gate and led 21-7 at halftime.
In the 2nd 50 percent, he caught a single of his have (deflected) passes to finish with a person reception on just one concentrate on. (Astounding all the stuff you can explore hidden in that beard. Significantly additional than a mustache.)
Fitz was enjoying like a 37-calendar year-outdated gentleman who knew he would not have to match up once more for 1 1/2 months. He was throwing his human body all around and using hits, seemingly identified to make confident if Myles Gaskin is likely to wrest his workforce dashing title away, he was going to have to function for it.
2. Line coming alongside one another … : The Dolphins didn’t just retool their offensive line this season. They blew it up just after a very poor 2019.
With Jesse Davis the lone holdover and no preseason to get used to performing with each other, you would have expected this unit to battle early.
As an alternative, with two rookies starting up, the line dominated. If you didn’t know far better, you may perhaps have imagined it was five veterans in sync.
Davis elevated eyebrows this week when he mentioned the line had a purpose of currently being “feared” around the NFL. Then Dolphins went out and experienced drives of 84, 80 and 75 yards in the initial 50 % as the line dictated the tone. The blockers guarded Fitz and opened lanes for Gaskin. They proved they can get the work accomplished in the toughest place on the industry as Davis and rookie guard Solomon Kindley assisted Jordan Howard plow in from a property out.
Even a holding connect with on Kindley couldn’t spoil the hope that he and fellow rookie Austin Jackson encourage.
3. … So why not acquire gain? Former FAU mentor Lane Kiffin keeps binders of tendencies in his business office that, he explained, make it very clear that coaches really don’t go for it on fourth down almost enough. Kiffin believes they coach not to get criticized.
The Dolphins didn’t go for it in the 3rd quarter — and they deserve criticism.
In spite of how very well the line was firing, the Dolphins confronted a fourth-and-1 on the Jags’ 40 but experienced Fitzpatrick check out to draw Jacksonville offside (when’s the past time that worked?). They ended up punting, with Matt Haack continuing his excellent year.
The strategy worked out flawlessly in the conclude, soon after Kyle Van Noy brought about and recovered a fumble to set up Fitz’s 1-garden TD operate for a 28-7 guide. That was good fortune. By not punting, even though, you make your very own fortune.
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4. X isn’t ideal: Cornerback Xavien Howard is continue to rusty.
Howard gave up a extensive TD to the Charges on Sunday. Ok. Every person will get crushed now and then.
But Howard was seen enjoying gentle protection in the initially half. In the 3rd quarter, he was equipped to operate step for step deep with receiver Chris Conley but under no circumstances situated the ball and ran right by him. A mix of security Bobby McCain disrupting Conley, and Conley dropping the ball, prevented a major get.
Howard experienced a peculiar stretch in the closing minutes, finding up from a single play and supplying the “incomplete” sign even even though he’d specified up a completion … but adhering to with an interception seconds afterwards. Legitimate to how factors are heading, Howard obtained up tending to an aching calf muscle.
Byron Jones skipped the sport with assorted illnesses, so it is likely to be into early October at the earliest in advance of we see the bookend corners the Dolphins had in mind when they signed Jones in absolutely free company.
5, Ample with the arm tackles: Van Noy and cornerback Jamal Perry have been the most evident offenders on a Dolphins defense that insisted on trying arm tackles.
Van Noy has a weird practice of grading reporters’ thoughts right before deciding regardless of whether to respond to them. He’ll possibly experience a couple questions throughout the film session. Unlikely he’ll quality Brian Flores’ inquiries.