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Dolphins Vs. Jaguars Keys to Game

After passing last weeks test against the New England Patriots, the Dolphins now face yet another roadblock in their path to the playoffs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars face a similar challenge this week as well. The Jaguars also have to win this game to have any chance of getting into the playoffs this year.

There are a couple of things that concern me about the Jags. After all, they are not 7-5 for no reason. They are a good football team, with some weapons, but they are not in any case an invincible football team.

The span of playoff games started last week against the Patriots, now the Dolphins need to continue getting back to where they belong, the playoffs.

3. Its All About The U!

The Dolphins need some much needed swagger right now. They got some last week after their dramatic win over the Patriots, but a fast start over the Jaguars in tomorrows game would help even more.

The Dolphins need to be more like the Miami Hurricanes in their prime. I’m not saying going all out and getting some massive cocky swag, but the Dolphins need to recreate some swag of their own accord.

The Dolphins getting confidence in this game would be huge for the overall outcome. We do need Chad Henne firing on all cylinders in this one, so getting him some early confidence will allow us to blow these cats out of the water.

2. Fire On All Cylinders:

Part of the Dolphins gameplan in this game after Chad Henne outdueled Tom Brady last week, has to be to pass the ball all over the Jaguars depleted secondary. Rashean Mathis is doubtful, and even if he plays he will not be at full strength, which is a plus for Dolphins fans.

I have faith in that Henne can overcome this Jaguars secondary, and put this team on his shoulders. But by all means the Dolphins should not abandon their run game. Ricky Williams is on all systems go right now, and last week he accumulated 75 yards on only 18 carries. If you give him 20+ carries in last weeks game, Ricky gets 100 yards in the game.

The Dolphins are now not all about the run. They have proved the doubters wrong, and have showed that they can be a passing team, without a gamebreaker. The Dolphins will have to utilize that balance though, and capitalize off of the respect that they gained through the air last week.

Without a doubt in my mind, the passing game will be an integral part in the Dolphins getting the victory tomorrow.

1. It’s All About The Gameplan:

The Dolphins are eventually going to have to stop Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

MJD has the ability to defeat the Dolphins on is own.

So stopping him should be the Dolphins chief priority at this moment in time.

Nobody else on the Jaguars team can do what MJD can, so why plan more intensely, for anybody else but Jones-Drew?

If Jones-Drew runs all over the Dolphins tomorrow early on, don’t expect anything good to come out of it tomorrow.

Final Score:

27-17 Dolphins

-Brant

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