The NFL is professional football, and that’s key to remember for the rest of the season.
That was a major theme for several Jaguars veterans early this week in the wake of a home loss Sunday to the New York Jets. It was their second consecutive loss, and dropped them to 2-11, and although that record is nowhere near what the Jaguars expected or wanted in 2012, several key veterans – guard
So, what must define the rest of the season? Professionalism, playing to win.
“You have to play for pride,” Nwaneri said as the Jaguars began early preparations to play the Miami Dolphins (5-8) at Sun Life Stadium in Davie, Fla., Sunday.
This week, the Jaguars – ranked 31st in the NFL in total offense – will prepare for a team that also has struggled in recent weeks offensively. The Dolphins are ranked 29th in the NFL in total offense, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has slowed after a solid start, throwing eight touchdowns with 12 interceptions for the season with a quarterback rating of 72.5.
Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey returned to work Tuesday, a day after being hospitalized after feeling ill Monday morning. His message after the loss to the Jets was that while the Jaguars were disappointed again with the result, the team will continue to fight as it did until the end of a 17-10 loss and as it has done all season.
That’s not ideal, but with three games remaining, it’s the Jaguars’ situation.
The Dolphins (5-8) have slipped from the postseason chase after a solid start, losing five of their last six games. The Dolphins have scored more than 20 points just three times this season, and only once in the last six games. That was a 24-21 victory over Seattle, but although the Dolphins are essentially out of the playoffs, Head Coach Joe Philbin said this week the team will continue to focus on winning rather than playing young players in place of veterans. “That’s all I’m concerned about right now,” Philbin said. The Dolphins also have been hurt by a difficult schedule, with four of their losses coming against teams with nine victories or more – Houston, New England, Indianapolis and San Francisco.
The Jaguars-Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium in Davie, Fla., Sunday at 1 p.m. will be broadcast regionally on CBS and locally on WETV CBS 47 (Channel 6). Marv Albert will be on play-by-play with Rich Gannon on analysis.
Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin says
“(When you score) 13 points, it’s hard to win games. It’s on everybody. It’s our responsibility.”
Early matchup to watch
Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin versus Jaguars defensive end
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