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Jaguars Have to Quickly Turn the Page from Tennessee to Miami Thursday Night

There may be nothing more frustrating in football than allowing a team to get a big lead on you, coming back, and then just not finishing and losing the game in the final seconds.

That’s exactly what happened to the Jaguars on Sunday in Tennessee, as they put up a great fight against the Titans, only to lose when Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 49-yard field goal with 1:36 to play in a Tennessee 33-30 win.

The Jags had deficits of 14-0, 21-7, 24-10, and 30-17 before tying the game at 30 when Chris Thompson went in from 14 yards out from a pass from QB Gardner Minshew II with 7:25 to play.

While Sunday was disappointing, the Jags must quickly turn the page as they will have just one practice this week as they get set for a Thursday night showdown at home with the Miami Dolphins, who are 0-2.

The Jags are early three-point favorites to get to 2-1 on Thursday, but can’t take the Dolphins, whose two losses were against the Patriots and Bills lightly.

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Minshew has played well in his first two starts of 2020, and yesterday he was good in leading a comeback to get the game at 30-30.

He’s got to be careful though with the ball, as the interception he threw with :51 seconds left at the Jaguars 39 put the game out of reach for Jacksonville.

It was his second pick of the day, and if the Jaguars want to avoid having a letdown to the Dolphins, they cannot afford to put the ball on the ground or give Miami easy turnovers.

The best way for the Jaguars to assert themselves in their Thursday night showdown is to get an early lead and lean on that run game.

The Jaguars ran for 165 yards in the three-point loss Sunday, and once again they got a solid game from James Robinson, who went for 102 yards on 16 carries.

The team managed 6.1 yards per carry running the ball, a great number that if they could duplicate it they can likely look at a win over the Dolphins.

The key though will be on a short week not to give Miami plenty of chances with short fields and turnovers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, the signal caller for the Fins, is a solid veteran quarterback who knows how to win, and the Jaguars have to put pressure on him.

It should be a good night Thursday in Jacksonville, but don’t discount the Fins so easy as the Jaguars look to make it a 2-1 start in 2020.

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