|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||1-2||1-2||17.3||6.7||282.7||(4.7)||1.7||23.3||7.7||324.7||(5)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||16.6||7.0||16.4||27:39||22-82||(3.7)||20-35||55.6%||201||(5.7)||58-283||(4.9)||(17)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.8||11.6||19.9||30:45||26-117||(4.4)||21-36||60.1%||232||(6.5)||62-349||(5.6)||(14.6)|
|Offense Road Games||23.0||11.3||17.2||30:25||26-92||(3.5)||19-36||52.1%||230||(6.4)||63-322||(5.1)||(14)|
|Defense (All Games)||27.6||12.0||23.3||33:53||34-145||(4.2)||22-35||63.6%||249||(7.2)||69-394||(5.7)||(14.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.3||11.8||20.6||31:02||28-119||(4.3)||22-36||60.5%||236||(6.6)||64-355||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||28.3||12.5||23.7||32:55||32-125||(3.9)||24-38||62.6%||275||(7.3)||70-400||(5.7)||(14.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.7||1.5||0.0||13-4||27.6%||1-1||38.9%||3-66||(21.3)||2-14||(7.1)||6-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.9||13-5||38.4%||1-0||50.5%||3-67||(24)||22-2||(10.1)||6-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.2||0.8||1.0||0.8||14-4||27.9%||2-0||20.0%||4-78||(21.3)||3-17||(6.5)||6-65|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||0.8||1.5|| ||14-6||41.0%||0-0||66.7%||3-70||(27.6)||3-23||(8.6)||7-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||39.4%||1-0||54.3%||3-63||(22.7)||23-2||(10.5)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8|| ||14-5||39.0%||0-0||0.0%||4-113||(29.5)||3-24||(8.5)||7-61|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||1-1||2-1||17.7||6.7||313.0||(5.7)||1.0||23.7||10.0||318.0||(5.4)||0.3|
|Offense (All Games)||18.5||9.0||17.5||28:44||27-106||(3.9)||18-32||57.3%||205||(6.4)||59-311||(5.3)||(16.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.8||11||19.7||30:16||27-117||(4.3)||21-34||60.3%||224||(6.5)||62-341||(5.5)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||19.2||7.8||18.3||29:22||29-135||(4.7)||18-31||57.7%||197||(6.2)||60-332||(5.5)||(17.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.2||10.4||20.2||32:27||27-102||(3.8)||23-38||59.2%||251||(6.6)||65-353||(5.5)||(16.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.5||11.3||19.9||31:44||28-121||(4.3)||21-34||60.3%||223||(6.5)||63-345||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||21.8||11.2||19.8||32:07||28-109||(3.8)||21-37||56.6%||253||(6.9)||65-362||(5.6)||(16.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.8||1.8||-0.8||13-5||35.5%||1-0||38.5%||3-73||(28.8)||2-24||(10.9)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.8||13-5||38.2%||1-0||48.7%||3-67||(24)||23-2||(10.2)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.5||1.3||-0.5||14-5||38.6%||1-0||75.0%||2-42||(25.3)||2-21||(9.8)||6-50|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.2||0.9|| ||15-5||34.7%||1-1||90.0%||3-62||(24.6)||3-33||(11.6)||7-63|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.8||0.7||1.5|| ||13-5||37.6%||1-0||54.2%||3-63||(23.8)||24-2||(10.4)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.7||0.2||0.8|| ||15-5||36.4%||1-1||100.0%||2-53||(24.5)||4-39||(10.7)||8-65|
|Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 19.1, MIAMI 19.8|
|10/28/2012||@ GREEN BAY||15-24||L||15.5||W||45||U||20-62||27-49-279||1||26-66||22-36-172||1|
|12/16/2012||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/28/2012||@ NY JETS||30-9||W||1||W||39||P||33-97||13-24-139||1||21-105||28-54-258||2|
|12/9/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||13-27||L||11||L||38.5||O||22-94||17-33-133||1||28-155||18-23-166||0|
|12/16/2012||JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|JACKSONVILLE: There doesn't figure to be a lot of change to the Jaguars' running game. New head coach Mike Mularkey has always piloted run-heavy offenses, and he retained veteran offensive line coach Andy Heck. They'll continue to use a zone-blocking scheme and run a lot of stretch plays with Maurice Jones-Drew. Mularkey has always used a one-back system, so Jones-Drew should continue to carry a huge workload with Rashad Jennings picking up the scraps. Mularkey always skewed run-heavy in the red zone, and it makes sense with this personnel. It will be almost all Jones-Drew in the red zone. With Blaine Gabbert, Mularkey will be trying to build his confidence with high-percentage throws. Gabbert has a poor sense of the pocket, but he was especially uncomfortable turning his back in play-action situations, something he won't do as much of this season. He'll also have simplified reads and quicker throws. Rookie Justin Blackmon is a perfect fit in this offense as a catch-and-run guy who had a similar role at Oklahoma State. He and Laurent Robinson should be 1 and 1A in targets. Mularkey, like departed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, uses tight ends frequently in the passing game, which is good news for Marcedes Lewis. Mularkey has never run a lot of screen passes, but they'll find a way to utilize Jones-Drew. When they do throw in the red zone, Lewis and Blackmon are expected to be the usual targets. The Jags saw an uptick in every category on the defensive end last season, as the defense was by far the team's strongest unit. DL Jeremy Mincey was paid handsomely (4 years, $27.2M) after having nearly signed with Chicago. He has racked up an impressive 12 sacks and 81 total tackles in 24 games as a starter. LB Paul Posluszny posted big tackle numbers in his first season with the Jags, the question is whether he can remain healthy enough to string together two straight 16-game seasons for the first time in his career. LB Daryl Smith played primarily strong side for the first time in 2011 and was his typically solid self. Safety Dawan Landry doesn't provide much in terms of pass coverage, but he's a strong tackler. |
|MIAMI: The Dolphins will have a different look under new head coach Joe Philbin, as his West Coast offense figures to emphasize short catch-and-run plays rather than the between-the-tackles running to set up the pass that Miami has used in recent years. The running game itself will undergo a big change as they transition to a zone-blocking scheme. Reggie Bush has some experience in it, as the Saints sprinkled in zone plays during his time there. Daniel Thomas gets a fresh slate and has the tools (especially pass protection and receiving) to thrive in the new system. Neither Bush nor Thomas is a true short-yardage back, though Bush figures to get the first crack at the role. With the West Coast roots of Philbin and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, expect this year's attack to be much more catch-and-run, which suits rookie QB Ryan Tannehill even if veteran Matt Moore holds him off early. Brandon Marshall is gone and slot man Davone Bess figures to be a major beneficiary stat-wise. The backs and TE Anthony Fasano will play a bigger role in the receiving game as well, with Fasano serving as a target near the goal line on play-action. Brian Hartline and Chad Ochocinco figure to be targeted rarely. Fullback/H-back Charles Clay is a part-time player but should be in for an increase in reps and targets. He could end up surpassing Fasano in receiving numbers. Miami excelled in stopping the run in 2011, and wound up placing third in the NFL with 95.6 rushing YPG allowed. Although the defense did not markedly improve in its offense-focused draft, the Dolphins signed CB Richard Marshall and should remain capable of stopping opposing offenses that don't possess the passing game of a team like New England. Miami is switching to a 4-3 and Karlos Dansby will be the key to maintaining the team's performance against the run as its middle linebacker. Dansby's best years, however, came playing in a 3-4, making the move a bit of a risk. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (JACKSONVILLE-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Jaguars-Dolphins Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
While not much has gone right for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins, both teams have their sights set on finishing strong with the season winding down.
After a health scare earlier in the week, coach Mike Mularkey should be on the sidelines as the Jaguars try to avoid losing five in row on the road for the first time in nine seasons Sunday against a Dolphins team that's dropped five of six.
Tied for the NFL's worst record, Jacksonville (2-11) ranks 31st in total offense and defense, averaging 282.9 yards and allowing 394.5 per game. The Jaguars, who've surrendered 77 points in their last two road games, haven't lost five straight in opposing stadiums since going 0-8 in 2003.
"Even though it's late in the season, horrible record, we are trying to build something special and carry some positive momentum into the offseason," linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We are at the most difficult point of the year: losing, bad record, no playoffs. But we still have to do things right because eventually, someday soon, this organization will be a playoff team and we've got to start putting those building blocks together sooner rather than later."
The Jaguars held the New York Jets scoreless in the first half last Sunday before falling 17-10. Jacksonville, which went 2 for 16 on third down, appeared to go up 10-0 in the second quarter after Dwight Lowery returned a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown, but the play was reviewed and called back after Lowery was ruled down. The Jaguars punted five plays later.
"We need things like that to happen for our team to help us win and help us with momentum," said Mularkey, who was briefly hospitalized Monday but checked out OK. "We're coming up short with them in one way or another."
Frustrations are also starting to take their toll on the Dolphins (5-8), who've been outscored by an average of 10.0 points and forced one turnover during a 1-5 stretch. Tied for last place in the AFC East, Miami is all but certain to miss the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons.
"I don't know exactly what the answer is," said rookie Ryan Tannehill, whose eight TD passes rank last among quarterbacks with at least 280 passing attempts. "But we have to make the plays that are there. You can't win in this league scoring as few points as we are. It's frustrating."
Tannehill struggled to get much going again last Sunday in a 27-13 loss at San Francisco, completing 17 of 33 passes for 150 yards and a score as Miami was outgained 321-227.
"It's correctable," coach Joe Philbin said. "There were some plays there to be made on both sides of the ball that we didn't do. There were some opportunities we didn't capitalize on."
While the Dolphins could catch a break with Maurice Jones-Drew likely to miss an eighth straight game, Cecil Shorts appears on track to return after sitting out last week with a concussion. The emerging wideout has 20 receptions for 368 yards over his last four contests, scoring in each.
With backup running back Rashad Jennings yet to pass his concussion test, the Jaguars figure to lean on Montell Owens again. The seventh-year veteran set career highs with 14 carries and 91 yards against the Jets, including a 32-yard TD run.
Another big game from Owens could help take some of the pressure off former Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, who makes his return to Miami after signing with Jacksonville in the offseason. The Dolphins never offered him a contract after he spent his first four seasons with the team.
"I'm sure there's going to be emotions once we get there. Obviously I've got to handle those emotions, but at the same time I'm just going to prepare like it's a regular week," Henne said.
"I want to prove that I belong here in Jacksonville, not to anyone in Miami. I had my opportunity there, it is what it is. ... I want to prove to this organization that I can get it done here."
Henne has made three straight starts and continues to audition for next season. While he led Jacksonville to a 24-19 win over Tennessee in Week 12, Henne's completed 47.1 percent of his passes while throwing one TD and three interceptions in his last two games.
The Jaguars and Dolphins have split four previous matchups in the regular season.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 10:58:30 PM EST|