Miami Dolphins, 31-13 victory, Fitzpatrick put lid on Minshew Mania 

Miami Dolphins big win Thursday

Miami Dolphins big win Thursday


Miami Dolphins, 31-13 victory, Fitzpatrick put lid on Minshew Mania 

That Florida showdown (won by Miami Dolphins)on Thursday Night Football¬†we got last night? Well, it didn’t quite go the way many expected it to.

That Florida showdown on¬†Thursday Night Football¬†we got last night? Well, it didn’t quite go the way many expected it to.¬†Gardner Minshew¬†had plenty of hype behind him after two surprisingly strong weeks to start the season, but¬†Ryan Fitzpatrick¬†and the winless¬†Dolphins¬†were in the driver’s seat for pretty much the entire night against the¬†Jaguars.
Miami Dolphins big win Thursday

Miami Dolphins big win Thursday

The Fins were underdogs leading up to kickoff but left Jacksonville with a dominant 31-13 victory — their first of the year. How’d that happen? Glad you asked. Let’s consult Tyler Sullivan & Bryan DeArdo, who penned¬†some postgame takeaways:

  • Why the Dolphins won:¬†Miami put the pressure on from the very start, scoring touchdowns on their first three offensive possessions. Fitzpatrick was outstanding, completing 18-of-20 passes (including his first 12 to start the night) and scoring three total touchdowns. The Dolphins also rushed for 138 yards on the ground. Overall, it was an outstanding game for the offense
  • Why the Jaguars lost:¬†Falling into the early hole didn’t help, but it also hurt that Minshew was without his best receiver, D.J. Chark. The Jags couldn’t really muster anything on offense and couldn’t get a big stop on defense (they went 6-for-13 on third down) and that’s not usually a winning combination
Miami Dolphins win over Jags

Miami Dolphins win over Jags

So, uh, maybe we were a little bit too quick to be impressed by Minshew and the Jags? It’s important to remember that this is a Dolphins defense that basically got run over through the first two weeks of the season and, suddenly, Jacksonville made them look impenetrable.

I guess we now have a definitive answer to what’s more powerful, a beard or a mustache.

 

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