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Jacksonville looked like the same team as last year in its home opener loss to the Carolina Panthers 20-9. Quarterback Blake Bortles demonstrated much improvement, yet battled a week ago, finishing just 22 of 40 goes for two 183 yards, with two picks and 5 sacks.
In any case, watch out for running back T.J. Yelton. He flashed star potential against Carolina, and could be the predominant player that Jacksonville will need him to be. It will be intriguing to observe how Miami defends the run as they prepare for their game against Jacksonville’s T.J. Yelton.
Not for a long while has there been excitement in Jacksonville, and they will be hoping to get things rolling after misfortune in week one by beating the Dolphins in Jacksonville.
In the event that Blake Bortles had an awful start against the Carolina Panthers, he may battle more against Miami’s stout defensive line. Ndamukong Suh had no impact in their win last Sunday, yet I completely expect him and whatever remains of his teammates to come back to their best. Brent Grimes and Brice McCain ought to have the capacity to interrupt the passing game. It will be significantly more troublesome if tackle Luke Joeckel and Marquise Lee don’t recoup from their loss.
More weight may be coming Bortles’ path Sunday with Miami’s impressive defensive front tied down by Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. The Jaguars will be without tight end Julius Thomas (broken hand) for several more weeks, however wide out Marqise Lee may return in after missing Week 1 with a lingering hamstring concern. Youngster Rashad Greene had seven receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown in Lee’s place versus Carolina.
Jacksonville has less worries around their overall defensive that contained the Panthers to 263 yards and amassed 45 sacks last season, however lineman Sen’Derrick Marks could miss one more week recuperating from December’s ACL tear. In addition, Jacksonville’s denfensive will need to give careful consideration to Landry, who amplified his group with a record tenth straight game of no less than five receptions by hauling in eight for 53 yards against Washington.
Lastly, everyone’s eyes will be on Blake Bortles. While he didn’t play his best last Sunday, both Bortles and wide out Allen Robinson need to have a huge game to keep pace with big brother.