This painful season is almost coming to an end, but Jacksonville Jaguars still have two games remaining. The Jags will travel south to take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, whose playoff chances are slim, but still alive.
The Florida teams are meeting for the ninth time in series history, and eighth in the regular season. As we have done all season, we’ll take a look at the previous head-to-head matchups.
All-time regular season series record: Miami leads 4-3
Postseason record: Jacksonville leads 1-0 (62-7, baby!)
Last Jaguars win: Sept. 20, 2015 (23-20)
Last Dolphins win: Oct. 26, 2014 (27-13)
Current Streak: Jaguars with a one-game winning streak
Biggest Jaguars win: 62-7 (Playoffs, Jan. 15, 2000)
Biggest Dolphins win: 24-3 (Dec. 16, 2012)
Interesting takeaway: This year is only the third time ever the Jaguars are playing in Miami. Jacksonville is 1-1 in the Magic City.
Quick thoughts: Remember that time the Jaguars retired the great Dan Marino following a 62-7 shellacking in a playoff game? People don’t forget. But overall, this has been a closely contested series, with both franchises winning four games a piece (including playoffs). This year’s winner will take a one-game lead in the series history. The Jaguars actually won the first two meetings, and three of the first four. The Dolphins have since won three of the past four matchups, but Jacksonville was victorious in the last game in 2015.
Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 273 passing yards, 123 rushing yards, 19 first downs
Miami — 352 passing yards, 49 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Quick recap: This was a bit of a back and forth game, with Jacksonville jumping out to an early 7-0, and 17-6 lead. It was 20-13 in favor of the Jaguars at half, but the Dolphins knotted things at 20 in the third quarter. That score remained until (2018 Pro Bowler) Jason Myers hit a game-winning field goal with just 0:40 left on the game clock. Neither team turned the ball over, and Blake Bortles had a good outing with 272 yards and two touchdown passes. Allen Robinson went off with six catches for 155 yards, and he caught both of Bortles’ TD passes. Ryan Tannehill had himself a day as well, with 355 passing yards and two scores. This was one of Jacksonville’s five wins in 2015.
Date: Oct. 26, 2014
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 221 passing yards, 176 rushing yards, 19 first downs
Miami— 196passing yards, 146 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Quick recap: This game was not as good for Bortles, as he turned the ball over three times and was sacked four times. He lost a fumble, and threw two interceptions —- both of which were pick-sixes. In fact, Miami scored more defensive touchdowns (two) than offensive touchdowns (one) in this contest. On the bright side, a rare 100-plus rushing yard performance from Denard Robinson took place. This game was never really within reach, as it was 27-6 with under three minutes to play before Bortles threw one of his patented garbage time touchdown bombs to Allen Robinson. The Jaguars actually had more total yards and first downs than the Dolphins, but miscues cost them.
Series By Decade:
1990s: Jaguars 1-0
2000-2010: Tied 2-2 (including playoffs, which took place on Jan. 15, 2000)
2011-Present: Dolphins 2-1
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars won the first ever meeting in 1998, and then destroyed the Dolphins in the divisional round of the playoffs for the 1999-2000 season. Miami then got its first ever victory against Jacksonville in 2003, then Jacksonville was victorious again in 2006. The Dolphins then won three in a row (2009, 2012, 2014), but Jacksonville took home the W in the last meeting in 2015. So, it’s been a pretty even series overall.
At this point in 2018, the Dolphins should win this game handily against an anemic offense that has scored one offensive touchdown in three Cody Kessler starts. But stranger things have happened. Jacksonville’s defense should keep Miami’s offense at bay, but the Dolphins are still playing for something, so don’t expect them to take this game lightly.
Will we see a rare Jaguars win in 2018? Let us know.
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