Dolphins vs Jaguars: Week 6 Preview

Dolphins vs Jaguars
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

This Florida bowl kicks off across the pond. The Jacksonville Jaguars remain winless while the Miami Dolphins have struggled in QB Tua Tagovailoa’s absence. Continue reading for a Dolphins vs Jaguars preview which includes all the information you need before this 9:30 AM ET Week 6 kickoff.

  • Date: Sunday, October 17
  • Time: 9:30 ET (14:30 UK Time)
  • Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England
  • TV: CBS and NFL Gamepass International
  • Record: Miami Dolphins (1-4) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)

Week 3 Recap:

In Jacoby Brissett’s final start of the season for  Miami, the Dolphins folded against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 5. The game was close late in the third quarter after a Dolphins touchdown drive making the score 24-17. However, the Buccaneers marched down the field killing the rest of the third quarter and scoring with ease to put the game out of reach. 

In what seems to be a theme so far this season, the Dolphins’ efforts come too late. After scoring 10 points to begin the first quarter, they were held scoreless from 3:16 left in the first quarter until 6:56 left in the third. Miami has been outscored 44-3 in the second quarter so far this season. The offense has to start performing and after some progression from the offensive line, Tua’s return under center can hopefully help jump-start this offense a bit. Offensive consistency is one of the keys to success for Miami in this Dolphins vs Jaguars preview.

Expectation heading into Week 6:

Both the Jaguars and Dolphins have struggled this season, however, there’s a bit more disappointment in Miami. This was supposed to be a playoff-caliber team, but various injuries and below-average performances have dug the Dolphins a 1-4 hole to climb out. They start that climb in Week 6. 

Keys to Success:

There are three keys to success for Miami in this Dolphins vs Jaguars preview:

1. Force Turnovers

Miami’s game with a turnover streak ended in Week 5 at 26 consecutive games. Now it’s time to start it again against Jaguars rookie QB Trevor Lawrence. While Lawrence has been improving every week, he still makes his fair share of rookie mistakes. He’s thrown eight interceptions and fumbled twice through five weeks. All-Pro cornerback Xavien Howard may be out, but there are plenty of hungry hands on the defense ready to take the ball away. Couple that with defensive tackle Raekwon Davis shaking the rust off in Week 5 and the Dolphins defense is more than capable of taking on this 

2. Get this offense rolling

Things looked to be going in the right direction in Week 5 after Miami scored 10 points on their first two drives. However, they only crossed half field one more time for the remainder of the second half and fumbled the ball the only time they did. The offensive line is slowly progressing as the coaching staff continues to find the right spots for its developing players. Tackle Liam Eichenberg specifically has been a bright spot this season.

As previously stated, Tua returns as the Dolphins QB in Week 6 against the Jaguars. While wins are not a QB stat, Miami head coach Brian Flores has a much better record when Tua starts for the Dolphins. While he’ll be without WR Devante Parker, Tua still has WRs Jaylen Waddle and Preston Williams, TE Mike Gesicki, and RBs Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed to target. It’s time to let this offense loose.

3. Play disciplined football

The Miami Dolphins were one of the least penalized teams in the NFL during the 2020 regular season. The Dolphins drew just 73 flags through 16 games, the third least. Through five weeks in 2021, Miami has had 32 penalties accepted so far this season. That’s 43.8% of their 2020 season total in less than half the time.

They are coming at inopportune times as well. Killing drives for the offense, giving the opposing offense life on a dead drive, even extending opponents’ drives through special teams’ errors. Things have been sloppy for the Dolphins to start the season. And we haven’t even touched the -2 2021 turnover differential which has dropped like a rock from +9 a season ago. Miami needs to clean up their play on the field, and this game against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars gives them an opportunity. 

Score Predictions:

The Dolphins don’t have much to celebrate so far this season, but it’s more than their opponent. In what should be one of the easiest games of the season the Dolphins desperately need a win in Week 6. It will revolve around the offense scoring and sustaining offensive success.Check out the ATB Dolphins staff predictions below:

Dolphins vs. Jaguars preview conclusion

Telling you this is a must-win game seems like a waste of time. If Miami loses to Jacksonville there’s really no hope for the rest of this season and Miami should start rooting for whoever plays the San Francisco 49ers every week (Miami acquired the 49ers 2022 first-round pick and it’s their only 2022 first-round pick).

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Zachary Knerr

Graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Sports media, marketing and analytics. Former radio DJ and music aficionado. Follow on Twitter: @ZachKnerr.

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