Ryan Fitzpatrick Shines, Gardner Minshew Struggles as Dolphins Top Jaguars 31-13

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The Miami Dolphins gained their first recreation of the yr by defeating the host Jacksonville Jaguars 31-13 on Thursday at TIAA Financial institution Discipline.

Ryan Fitzpatrick accomplished 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a one-yard rating. James Robinson paced the Jaguars offense with two dashing touchdowns, six catches and 129 yards from scrimmage.

The Dolphins and Jaguars now have matching 1-2 data.

Notable Performances

Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 18-of-20, 160 passing yards, 2 TD; 7 carries, 38 dashing yards, 1 TD

Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin: 22 carries, 66 dashing yards; 5 receptions, 29 receiving yards

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker: 5 receptions, 69 receiving yards

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew II: 30-of-42, 275 passing yards, 1 INT; three carries, 22 dashing yards

Jaguars RB James Robinson: 11 carries, 46 dashing yards, 2 TD; 6 receptions, 83 receiving yards

Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault Jr.5 receptions, 33 receiving yards; 1 carry, 1 dashing yard

Fitzmagic Reigns in Jacksonville

Fitzpatrick could not have been a lot better Thursday and almost tossed the quarterback’s equal of an ideal recreation with simply two incompletions out of his 20 makes an attempt.

The 37-year-old and 16-year NFL veteran who’s together with his eighth group carved up the Jags secondary en path to Miami’s first win.

He began the sport with 11 straight completions, together with a three-yard landing cross to Preston Williams and an 11-yard rating to Mike Gesicki:


Fitzpatrick delivers a strike to Preston Williams for a gap drive TD! #FinsUp

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Fitz is on FIRE.

11-for-11 together with this dart to Mike Gesicki for an additional TD! #FinsUp 21-7.

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That streak set a private greatest for Fitzpatrick, who was making his 142nd profession begin:

ESPN Stats & Information @ESPNStatsInfo

Ryan Fitzpatrick is at the moment 11-of-11 passing, his most makes an attempt with out an incompletion to begin a recreation in his profession.

His earlier greatest was 8-of-8

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s longest profession completion streak is 13. https://t.co/r0tpw5PVHs

The veteran was additionally an asset on the bottom due to his 38 dashing yards on seven carries:


Fitzpatrick has wheels. #FinsUp

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Fitzpatrick scored his third landing on this one-yard run:


One other Ryan Fitzpatrick landing! #FinsUp 28-7.

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He joined an elite membership due to his wheels (and memorable longevity):

NFL Analysis @NFLResearch

Tonight is Ryan Fitzpatrick’s third recreation with 25+ rush yards and 1+ rush TD at age 35+

The one gamers within the Tremendous Bowl period with extra such video games at that age are Corridor of Famers Marcus Allen, John Riggins, Emmitt Smith & Steve Younger

ESPN’s Mina Kimes joked about Fitzpatrick’s tenure, however one has to wonder if this might truly be the case:

Mina Kimes @minakimes

inspiring: a younger boy someplace is watching this recreation….and when he is drafted in ten years he is gonna have to attend on the bench for Ryan Fitzpatrick to surrender a beginning QB job

And ESPN’s Pat McAfee facetiously offered his MVP vote:

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

I imply.. is Ryan Fitzpatrick a sleeper MVP choose at this level

Total, Fitzmagic is alive and nicely proper now after a dominant Week three win.

Nearly Nothing Goes Proper for Jaguars

The Jags entered Thursday off the heels of two spectacular video games: a 27-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts and a detailed 33-30 loss to the Tennessee Titans, final yr’s AFC runner-up.

They have been three-point favorites over the winless Dolphins however struggled mightily on each side of the ball en path to a three-score loss.

Contemplating how nicely Jacksonville performed towards two powerful divisional opponents to begin the season, it was a stunning consequence for the Jags, and Mike Clay of ESPN in contrast the group’s Week three consequence to its first two video games:

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

The Jaguars beat the Colts and almost beat the Titans. That is clearly a serious letdown.

On offense, beginning quarterback Gardner Minshew II struggled, finishing 30 of 42 passes for simply 275 yards, an interception and 6.5 yards per try. He additionally fumbled the ball on a sack from Dolphins linebacker Kyle Van Noy, serving to set Miami up on the Jacksonville 5-yard line up 21-7 late within the third:


Kyle Van Noy with the strip sack and fumble restoration! @KVN_03 #FinsUp

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Bucky Brooks of NFL Community commented on Minshew’s evening:

Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks

Minshew has tried to do an excessive amount of all evening. He’s uncomfortable within the pocket and his jitters have impacted his judgment. Too many tried “hero” performs.. Too many misses on open throws.. Too many psychological errors.. Not a very good search for the @Jaguars QB1 tonight #DUUUVAL

There have been some shiny spots for the Jags. Operating again James Robinson scored two touchdowns, main Dane Brugler of The Athletic to marvel how he ended up undrafted:

Dane Brugler @dpbrugler

Nonetheless making an attempt to make sense of RB James Robinson going undrafted.

Confirmed workhorse in school with imaginative and prescient and dedication. I graded him as a 4th rounder and he is taking part in higher than that. #Jaguars

And the Jags clearly have a well-rounded and promising pass-catching corps. Even with out injured No. 1 wideout DJ Chark Jr., just a few Jacksonville wideouts made some performs, together with Keelan Cole Sr. and rookie Laviska Shenault Jr., who’s already creating some buzz. 

#DUUUVAL @Jaguars


@Air4Cole | #DUUUVAL

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Laviska Shenault Jr. is TOUGH. #DUUUVAL @Viska2Live

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Nonetheless, the Jaguars protection couldn’t cease Miami’s Fitzpatrick-led offense, with Hays Carlyon of 1010 XL/92.5 FM Radio and John Reid of the Florida Instances-Union offering commentary:

Hays Carlyon @HaysCarlyon

Dolphins rating once more. My God that is the worst I’ve ever seen the #Jaguars begin a recreation on protection (and I’ve seen loads of unhealthy since 2013).

Hays Carlyon @HaysCarlyon

The Dolphins have 17 first downs. The #Jaguars have run 13 performs.

John Reid @JohnReid64

Jaguars defensive errors piling up by the minute = Miami goes up 21-7 after Gesicki 15-yard TD catch. CJ Henderson having a tough evening – misinterpret the play got here up as an alternative of staying again.

Principally, every thing that might go mistaken for the Jaguars did, maybe culminating in a questionable ejection of left deal with Cam Robinson after he unintentionally made contact with an official whereas making an attempt to free himself from a pile-up:

StaceyDales @StaceyDales

If I’m beneath a pile of males in an NFL recreation and anyone touches me… how may I do know who it’s?!?! How are you going to disqualify him from play?! Cam Robinson ought to nonetheless be taking part in. Wow.

Brent Martineau @BrentASJax

Weak name on Cam Robinson. Didn’t seem like any intent and doubtless didn’t know that was arm of official.

Ben Volin @BenVolin

Oh come on. Ejecting Cam Robinson for that???

In the long run, Thursday was an evening to neglect for the Jags, and now they’re going to look to get again within the win column in Week 4.

What’s Subsequent?

Each groups play subsequent on Sunday, Oct. Four at 1 p.m. ET.

Miami will host the Seattle Seahawks at Laborious Rock Stadium, and Jacksonville will go to the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

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