Jaguars vs. Dolphins 2012 game preview: Jacksonville looking to avoid three-game skid

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In the last two games, Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne has a combined quarterback rating of 49.5.

While the postseason has long been a thought of the past for the Jaguars, the Dolphins lost five of their last six to end the possibility of a playoffs run. However, with strong play from rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, the future seems more optimistic in Miami.

The story of Sunday's game, though, will revolve around the other starting quarterback as Chad Henne will return to Miami in a different uniform for the first time. A second round pick for the Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft, Henne started 31 games for the Dolphins before he was signed by the Jaguars in the offseason. Following poor play coupled with injuries for Blaine Gabbert, the former-Dolphins starter became the starter for the Jaguars in Week 12.

Meet the Dolphins

Without many receiving threats, Ryan Tannehill has completed 57.3 percent of his passes, but has thrown 12 interceptions to eight touchdowns. When the first round pick has been efficient, though, the team has been able to pick up victories. In the five games that Tannehill finished with a passer rating of 90 or more, the Dolphins are 4-1. To help his efficiency, the Dolphins will likely lean on running back Reggie Bush who has averaged 124.2 yards from scrimmage in December for the last two seasons.

Defensively, all eyes will be on Cameron Wake who needs five sacks in the final three games to break the franchise record for sacks in a season set by Jason Taylor in 2002. In four seasons with the Dolphins, Wake has accumulated 42 sacks including three last week in a loss against the 49ers.

Meet the Jaguars

In the immediate time after Chad Henne became the starter for the Jaguars, he provided immediate returns with a huge performance against the Texans and a victory against the Titans. However, in his last two starts the former-Dolphins quarterback has posted a combined 49.5 quarterback rating, including two interceptions and no touchdowns in Week 14. With Cecil Shorts III returning to the lineup though, he may receive a boost. The second year receiver leads the team with 824 yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, the Jaguars are still looking to find some sort of a pass rush after just 14 sacks through the first 13 games of the season. Defensive end Jason Babin had three sacks in his last game against the Dolphins, but has just one in two games with the Jaguars.

Local Takes: Dolphins

Kevin Nogle from The Phinsider says that the loss of receiver Davone Bess is a bad one for the Dolphins:

The loss of Bess, who was injured last week trying to recover a fumble, will be a huge one for the Dolphins. With only Hartline as a regular producer at wide out, where the Dolphins turn as they take on the Jaguars will be something to watch all game. Hopefully they find success from someone.

Local Takes: Jaguars

Alfie Crow from Big Cat Country says that the offensive line for the Jaguars has been particularly bad during the 2012 season:

Britton wasn't the only player to struggle against the Jets however, as veteran Brad Meester and Guy Whimper has mishaps in pass protection as well. If the Jaguars want any success going forward in the 2012 season, the offensive line is going to have to play much better than they have.

Follow the Fun

Be sure to check out SB Nation's team blogs,The Phinsider and Big Cat Country, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

Add these fine follows to your Twitter timeline:

@ThePhinsider

@AlfieBCC

Dolphins beat writer, @OmarKelly

Jaguars beat writer, @RyanOHalloran

Prediction

From the Week 15 picks:

Blaine Gabbert was picked 10th overall two years ago. Ryan Tannehill was picked eighth last year. The Dolphins won that one.

The pick: 24-10, Dolphins

Odds

The Dolphins are 7.5-point favorites at home and favored by as many as eight points in some books, according to Oddsshark.

Next Week

The Dolphins will play their final home game of the season in Week 16 against the Buffalo Bills, while the Jaguars will also wrap up their home schedule with a game against the New England Patriots.

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