09/24 22:49 CDT Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins
Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again, this time with Dolphins
By MARK LONG
AP Pro Football Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) --- Different team, familiar result for Ryan
Fitzpatrick against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Fitzpatrick accounted for three touchdowns and led Miami to a 31-13 victory
Thursday night, becoming the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the
same opponent with six teams.
The lopsided outcome also gave the Dolphins (1-2) their first double-digit
victory in 39 games, ending the longest drought in the league.
Fitzpatrick completed his first 12 passes --- a career high --- as Miami scored
touchdowns on its first three drives for the first time since 2011. He ended
the night celebrating another victory over the Jaguars (1-2).
He improved to 6-2 as a starter versus Jacksonville, with wins coming with
Cincinnati (2008), Buffalo (2012), Tennessee (2013), Houston (2014), the New
York Jets (2015) and now Miami.
Fitzpatrick also ran for 39 yards and a score, his 37-year-old legs looking as
fresh as any in Miami's backfield.
He completed 18 of 20 passes --- the last one to himself --- for 160 yards and
two touchdowns in his latest successful outing against the Jags, who made
countless mistakes while failing to consistently move the chains and get off
the field on third down.
In short, they looked exactly like the team most outsiders expected them to be
Jacksonville's most egregious errors:
---Chris Conley dropped two passes that would have been first downs and was
flagged for offensive pass interference in the third quarter. Gardner Minshew
fumbled on the next play, leading to Miami's fourth touchdown of the night.
---Minshew audibled to a pitch to the short side of the field on a third-and-5
play. He was sacked on the next play, ending a shot at making the game close at
---Left tackle Cam Robinson was disqualified for making contact with an
official following Minshew's fumble.
---Rookie cornerback CJ Henderson was on the wrong end of one of four pass
interference calls against Jacksonville. He also failed to touch receiver
Jakeem Grant down after Grant made a diving catch. Henderson clapped his hands
as Grant jumped up and gained an extra 10 yards.
Adding injury to insult, the Jaguars may have lost linebacker Leon Jacobs for
the season. Jacobs was carted off the field on the opening drive with a right
Fitzpatrick was already in control by then. He scored a few plays later as
Jacksonville allowed a touchdown on the game's opening drive for the third
Fitzpatrick had TD passes to Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki --- his best
throw of the night --- in the first half and ran for a score in the third.
Everything went so well for Fitzpatrick that even a pass batted down at the
line of scrimmage in the fourth bounced right into his arms for a reception.
Rookie running back James Robinson was one of Jacksonville's few bright spots.
He ran 11 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns and had six receptions for 83
Jaguars rookie Brandon Wright made his NFL debut against Miami, joining a small
list of Black place-kickers in league history. The group includes Gene Mingo,
Cookie Gilchrist, Donald Igweibuike, Obed Ariri, Cedric Oglesby and Justin
Wright, an undrafted rookie from Georgia State, was called up from
Jacksonville's practice squad this week to replace Josh Lambo, who was placed
on injured reserve with a hip injury.
Wright missed one of his two extra point attempts. He also injured a groin in
the fourth quarter.
Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard was ruled out at halftime with a core muscle
injury. He was filling in for starter Jarrod Wilson, who was placed on injured
reserve after the opener. ... Jaguars receiver DJ Chark (chest/back) was ruled
out about six hours before kickoff. The team chose to be cautious with the 2019
Pro Bowl selection. He's expected back at practice next week. ... The Dolphins
were without No. 1 cornerback Byron Jones (groin/Achilles tendon).
Both teams remained in their locker room for the national anthem, continuing
their push for social and racial justice.
Miami hosts Seattle on Oct. 4. The Dolphins have won five of the last seven
meetings, including three straight in South Florida.
Jacksonville plays at Cincinnati on Oct. 4. The Jaguars have won two in a row
against the Bengals, notching victories in 2017 and 2019.
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