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Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 8/22/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
Date & Time Thursday August 22, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
The Line
The Line: Miami Dolphins -2.5 -- Over/Under: 35
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins meet Thursday in NFL preseason action at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-2 in preseason play after a 10-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gardner Minshew and Alex McGough combined for 191 passing yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. McGough led the Jaguars with 21 yards and one touchdown on two carries, while C.J. Board had 54 receiving yards on four receptions. Defensively, Tae Hayes led the Jaguars with four tackles, Dawuane Smoot had 0.5 sacks and Datone Jones had one tackle for loss. The Jacksonville Jaguars are averaging five points through two preseason games and are 9-31 on third down attempts. While it’s just preseason and you don’t want to overact, the lack of offensive success seems to still be a problem for the Jaguars. The Jacksonville Jaguars have split their last six preseason games.

The Miami Dolphins are 1-1 in the preseason after a 14-16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock combined for 174 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. Patrick Laird led the Dolphins with 51 yards on seven carries, while Saeed Blacknall had 25 receiving yards on one reception. Defensively, Sam Eguavoen led the Dolphins with eight tackles, Charles Harris had 1.5 sacks and Nick DeLuca had one tackle for loss. The Miami Dolphins looked like they were going to improve to 2-0 in the preseason, but they allowed the Bucs to get in field goal range in 28 seconds to steal a victory. Regardless, the Dolphins have to play Rosen the bulk of this game, as it’s critical to this franchise to determine if he’s capable of being the starter moving forward. Bad offensive line or not, giving Rosen a fair shot is all the Fins should be focused on at the moment. The Miami Dolphins have lost four of their last six preseason games.

The Jaguars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Dolphins are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Dolphins last 5 games on grass.

The Miami Dolphins are 30 seconds away from being unbeaten in the preseason and their late backups have played some of the best football in those games. This game needs to be a tryout for Rosen against the starters, as Miami has to find out more about him as a potential starter moving forward. The Jacksonville Jaguars are unbackable through two games, as the offense has done absolutely nothing, averaging five points and not converting on third down. Assuming these teams hold current form, this should be a comfortable win and cover for the Miami Dolphins at home. 

Miami Dolphins -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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