Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, September 24 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network), as the Miami Dolphins travel upstate to TIAA Bank Field to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. The teams will meet for the ninth time, with the all-time series tied, 4-4. Jacksonville has won the past two meetings.
Last week, Jacksonville quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW passed for 339 yards, the second-highest total in his career, and three touchdowns in Week 2. To open the season, he completed 19 of 20 passes (95 percent) in the team’s Week 1 victory, becoming the fourth quarterback in NFL history with a completion percentage of 95 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in a single game. Minshew enters Week 3 as one of three quarterbacks, along with Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON and Seattle’s RUSSELL WILSON, with a passer rating of 115 or higher (115.7) and a completion percentage of at least 75 percent (75.4) through the first two weeks of the season (minimum 20 attempts).
Rookie running back JAMES ROBINSON led the Jaguars with 102 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown last week and his 210 scrimmage yards on the season are the fifth-most by an undrafted player through his first two career games since 1970. Wide receiver DJ CHARK had a team-high 84 receiving yards in Week 2 and his nine receiving touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season are tied for second-most among AFC wide receivers. Linebacker MYLES JACK has recorded 11 tackles in each game this season and ties for the AFC lead with 22 tackles. Rookie cornerback C.J. HENDERSON, the No. 9 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, leads all AFC rookies with four passes defensed, while linebacker K’LAVON CHAISSON, the No. 20 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, registered his first-career sack last week.
Miami quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 100.3 rating last week in the Dolphins’ loss. The 15-year veteran has won his last three starts against Jacksonville and has recorded a passer rating of 105 or higher in three of his past four games on Thursday Night Football. Running back MYLES GASKIN had a career-high 82 scrimmage yards last week and aims for his fifth in a row with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Running back JORDAN HOWARD rushed for a touchdown in Week 2 and is the only AFC running back with a rushing touchdown in each of the first two games of the season. Wide receiver DEVANTE PARKER had his first touchdown reception of the season last week and his 10 receiving touchdowns since the beginning of the 2019 season are the most among AFC wide receivers. Tight end MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (eight) and receiving yards (130) last week while also catching a touchdown, and his 160 receiving yards on the season lead all tight ends. Linebacker JEROME BAKER ties for the AFC lead with 22 tackles.
Thursday’s contest marks the second of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-1)
WEEK 3 // THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: All-time series tied, 4-4
STREAKS: Jaguars have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Jaguars 17 at Dolphins 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/15: Jaguars 23, Dolphins 20
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 31 of 47 passes (66 pct.) for 328 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.3 rating last week. Passed for 272 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.5 rating in his last game vs. Jax. (11/8/15 with NYJ). Has 90+ rating & 0 INTs in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 105+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on TNF. • RB MYLES GASKIN had career-high 82 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 36 rec.) & 6 catches last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB JORDAN HOWARD had rush TD in Week 2 & is only AFC RB with rush TD in each of 1st 2 games of season. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Jax. (10/16/16 with Chi.). Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC South. Has 4 TDs in his past 2 on TNF. RB MATT BREIDA rushed for 74 yards & TD in only career game vs. Jax. (12/24/17 with SF). • TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (130) & had TD catch last week. Leads all TEs with 160 rec. yards this season. WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 53 yards & TD in Week 2. Leads AFC WRs with 10 rec. TDs since 2019. WR ISAIAH FORD had 7 catches for 76 yards last week. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack in his last game vs. Jax. (9/8/19 with KC). Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. AFC South with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with sack. LB KYLE VAN NOY had PD last week. Had INT in only career game vs. Jax. (9/16/18 with NE). LB JEROME BAKER ties for AFC lead with 22 tackles. CB XAVIEN HOWARD has INT in 2 of past 3 in primetime. S BOBBY MCCAIN aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.
QB GARDNER MINSHEW passed for 339 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.7 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (LAMAR JACKSON & RUSSELL WILSON) with 115+ rating (115.7) & 75+ comp. pct. (75.4) this season (min. 20 attempts). Passed for 2 TD vs. 0 INTs for 108.2 rating in only career game on TNF (9/9/19 vs. Ten.). • RB JAMES ROBINSON (rookie) rushed for team-high 102 yards & TD last week. Is 5th undrafted player since 1970 with 200+ scrimmage yards (210) through 1st 2 career games. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had 11th-career TD catch last week. • WR DJ CHARK had 4 catches for team-high 84 yards in Week 2. Has 9 rec. TDs since 2019, tied 2nd-most among AFC WRs. WR KEELAN COLE had team-high 6 catches for 58 yards & TD last week. Is 1 of 3 AFC WRs (JOHN BROWN & TYREEK HILL) with rec. TD in each of 1st 2 games of season. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. TE TYLER EIFERT had 25th-career rec. TD last week. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. Mia. (12/22/19 with Cin.). Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on TNF. • LB MYLES JACK led team with 11 tackles & had PD last week. Ties for AFC lead with 22 tackles. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 10 tackles last week. Had 4 PD & 2 INTs in his last game vs. Mia. (11/24/19 with Cle.). Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with INT. Rookie LB K’LAVON CHAISSON had 1st-career sack last week. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 sacks & FF in only career game on TNF (9/19/19 vs. Ten.). CB C.J. HENDERSON leads AFC rookies with 4 PD.
- The Dolphins start the season 0-2 for the second straight year after allowing Josh Allen to throw for 417 yards in their Week 2 loss, the most the team has allowed to an opposing quarterback since Andrew Luck threw for 433 yards back on November 4, 2012.
- Jacksonville was outscored, 24-10, during the first half of its Week 2 loss to the Titans, but then outscored Tennessee, 20-9, in the second half. The Jaguars have a -17 point differential in the first half this season (8th worst) but have a +21 point differential in the second half (tied for 2nd best).
- It is an even split all-time between these two Florida teams (4-4) with Jacksonville winning the most recent two matchups (2015, 2018). In this series, the team with more rushing yards has won seven of the eight games (Jacksonville lost on October 26, 2014 despite outrushing Miami, 176-148).
- Mike Gesicki found the end zone and hauled in 130 receiving yards during the loss to Buffalo, the most in a game for a Miami tight end all-time (previous high was 117 by Ferrell Edmunds in 1988).
- Gardner Minshew II has a 140.3 passer rating on third down this season, third best among qualifiers behind Lamar Jackson (154.2) and Derek Carr (141.4). His 83.7 passer rating on third down last season ranked 21st among qualifiers.
- Myles Jack has recorded double-digit tackles in both his games this season after failing to do so even once in 2019. Jack had nine tackles thru his first two games of last year (22 this year, T-6th most in NFL).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley SIRIUS: 81 (Mia), 83 (Jax) | XM: 226 (Mia), 225 (Jax)