Ryan Fitzpatrick and his Miami Dolphins beat the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football, 31-13. The Fins’ QB was excellent, and apart from having a superb performance, he set one pretty interesting milestone.
The 37-year old threw for two touchdowns and also scored one by himself, completing his first 12 passes of the game. Miami was dominant and in control of the contest throughout the whole time, and they wouldn’t allow the hosts to have the slightest chances of coming back into the match. All that because of its quarterback.
“I enjoy playing, especially when you’re having success. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world sometimes getting to go outside and play football with my friends,” Fitzpatrick said.
He ended the game with 18 successful passes in 20 attempts, for 160 yards, two of them for TD, one to Preston Williams, and second to Mike Gesicki.
This was his sixth victory against the Jags, and he did this with six different teams. It is something no other player did before, and Fitzpatrick entered history books because of it. Previously, he posted triumphs against Jacksonville with the Jets, Texans, Titans, Bills, and the Bengals.
The first three drives he led tonight all ended with touchdowns for the Dolphins, so there really wasn’t too much hope for the hosts who looked pretty pale and disorganized.
Miami was up 14-0 at the end of the first period, with Preston Williams’ three-yard catch and Jordan Howard’s one-yard run. Jaguars’ James Robinson opened the second quarter with an early 11-yard rushing TD, which boosted the home team’s morale, but that lasted shortly.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the 2nd player since at least 1948 to have 2+ pass TD, 1+ rush TD, 20+ rush yds, and a reception in a single game.
The other? HOF Walter Payton, in Week 3, 1983 against the Saints #TNF
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 25, 2020
Mike Gesicki had a 15-yard reception from Fitzpatrick to raise the lead to 21-7. The only score in the third was a work of Fitz himself, as he rushed for one-yard to confirm his superb form in tonight’s event.
James Robinson, who was the only bright spot in Jacksonville, scored one more touchdown by the end of the game, but simply, there was no chance to see his team making a rally or even endangering the visitors’ victory. Robinson accumulated 129 yards from the scrimmage, 46 on the ground and 83 through the air.
The guy who was supposed to lead Jaguars, Gardner Minshew, was pretty bad in this one. Even though he threw for 275 yards, 30-for-42, he didn’t pass for a TD and was intercepted once. Plus, Minshew had a fumble and was sacked on four occasions.
Gardner Minshew's TNF performance was the third-lowest fantasy points finish of all his career starts. pic.twitter.com/1THG0a9EEh
— PFF (@PFF) September 25, 2020
“As a group, we just didn’t get it done,” said Jaguars’ quarterback. “We had too many mistakes. That’s plain and simple.”
Myles Gaskin had 66 rushing yards on 22 carries, while Devante Parker caught five passes for 69 yards for the Dolphins.
They now have two pretty tough matchups against teams from the NFL West. At first, the Seattle Seahawks visit Florida in the next round, and after that, the Fins travel to California to meet the Super Bowl runners-up, San Francisco 49ers.
As for the Jaguars, they have two consecutive road matches. The first is against Cincinnati Bengals, where they’ll have the opportunity to see the No.1 pick, Joe Burrow. It is a place where they might snatch a win according to many. After that comes a much tougher challenge. Jacksonville will meet Houston Texans, who desperately need some victories to cover up two starting losses against the Chiefs and the Ravens.
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