Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses two touchdowns, runs for a third as Dolphins earn 31-13 win over Jaguars

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Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for a third as the Miami Dolphins earned a 31-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

Fitzpatrick had just two incompletions on the night as he was 18 of 20 for 160 yards and two passing touchdowns to lead the way for Miami. He also had 38 yards rushing and caught one of his own passes for good measure as well. A Dolphins Defense that was last in the league in sacks last year also sacked Gardner Minshew four times on the night to help shut down the Jaguars Offense.

Fitzpatrick led two scoring drives to open the game as the Dolphins jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Preston Williams caught a 3-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive and Jordan Howard scored a 1-yard touchdown on the second possession as Miami easily grabbed control in the first quarter.

Rookie running back James Robinson did his best to help Jacksonville in the game. His 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter got the Jaguars on the board and cut the lead to 14-7.

Fitzpatrick connected with tight end Mike Gesicki on a 15-yard touchdown on the next Miami possession as the Dolphins found the end zone on each of their first three drives of the game. After a Minshew fumble gave the Dolphins possession at the Jacksonville 5-yard line, Fitzpatrick would add a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter as Miami’s lead grew to 28-7.

While Robinson was able to add a 1-yard touchdown run for Jacksonville, their offense was unable to keep up with Miami. The wheels fell off after Minshew’s fumble with the Jaguars twice turning the ball over on downs and Minshew being intercepted by Xavien Howard late in the fourth quarter.

Minshew completed 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards with an interception for Jacksonville. Robinson rushed for 46 yards and two touchdowns on his 11 carries and caught six passes for 83 yards to lead the Jaguars, who were missing wide receiver D.J. Chark due to a back/chest injury.

Jason Sanders added a 30-yard field goal late as Miami earned their first win of the season.

31 responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick tosses two touchdowns, runs for a third as Dolphins earn 31-13 win over Jaguars

  1. Not saying the Fins are going anywhere but the fact that they played the Pats and Bills first probably didn’t help them. Fitzpatrick can occasionally look great but that was pathetic by the Jags. Nobody putting hands on Fins receivers especially Geiseki, Minshew missing wide open passes to Conley and not seeing Cole on the 4th down or any point throughout the game that spelled a victory for the Fins.

  2. Unfortunately for Minshew fans the hard truth is never easy, He just doesn’t possess the TALENTS to go beyond just being a BACKUP Quarterback. Nothing wrong with that since I can see him for many yrs making a nice living. However the realty becomes quite painful for some when you have to acknowledge there is a CEILING.

    Where the search for the next franchise QB ….Continues.

  3. Minshew reminds me of Mayfield he talks a lot of trash but he just had his lunch money stolen by a 37 yr old journeyman.

  4. Fitz is an interesting QB. He’s too good to be a backup. And yet, can often let you down as a starter. When he’s good, he’s very, very good. And when he’s bad, he’s horrid. But no one can say he doesn’t leave it all on the field. I noticed after the game, it was the Jaguars defensive players who all came up to him. That says something about respect. In short, if you need a QB, I think he’s plug and play. Always fun to root for.

  5. ghjjf says:
    September 24, 2020 at 11:53 pm
    Jaguars should change their name to kittens!

    Already taken by the Lions. Years ago.

  6. Minshew along with Jackson and Mahomes are the most exciting yourng quarterbacks in football. And yes he belongs in the discussion with those two.

  7. Sweet Insanity says:
    September 24, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    Unfortunately for Minshew fans the hard truth is never easy, He just doesn’t possess the TALENTS to go beyond just being a BACKUP Quarterback. Nothing wrong with that since I can see him for many yrs making a nice living.
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    What does Ryan Fitzpatrick’s years in the NFL tell you he is; A backup QB for sure who can excel when playing a weaker team. However the Dolphins have to be aware Ryan will never take the Dolphins to the AFC championship game or to the Super Bowl. Miami is hoping that Tua can but who knows until he’s on the field in a game.

  8. Fitzpatrick has had one of the strangest QB careers I’ve followed. His highs have him looking like a perennial pro bowler and his lows makes him look like a 3rd stringer. And they can come at stretches so you may get 5 or 6 games in a row of pro bowl level play or 5 or 6 of the opposite.

  9. Fitz going back to Williams on that 1st drive after the drop last week helped with T.O.P. on that drive lifted the team up with a good start. The defense was allowed to stay fresher and helped the keep the rushing yards below 80 for the night. Van Noy and Roberts played well.

  10. I’ve loved watching Fitz since he went to the Bills (as a Steelers fan, he drove me crazy when he played for the Bengals!). He reminds me a lot of Jake Plummer – similar career arc and playing styles, although Fitz has lasted longer. His scramble last night was great – it’s amazing how well the old man can still move!

  11. It was awesome seeing Fitz get down field to block for runners. I’m sure his coaches are telling him to slide sooner when he runs and avoid the contact. He got at least one legit (un-penalized) helmet-to-helmet hit last night.

  12. Gotta love Fitz from Harvard – economics major who is the only NFL QB that ever hit a perfect score on the Wonderlic and rumored to have finished it in 10 minutes. Definitely living his best life – what a great career, attitude and self awareness. He knows he is a scrappy tweener between perennial backup and starter, and well respected around the league. The Ravens Defense once collectively voted for him to the Pro Bowl when he was at Buffalo. If he had ever been on the right team at the right time with the right personnel around him – he might have caught lightning in a bottle with a playoff run and Super Bowl like a Hostetler, Rypien or Foles. Would not be surprised to see him as a HC or front office one day.

  13. “andydlev says:
    September 25, 2020 at 7:06 am
    Minshew along with Jackson and Mahomes are the most exciting young quarterbacks in football. And yes he belongs in the discussion with those two.”

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    Ummmmmmm No, He doesn’t.

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