Jacksonville (6-5) at Miami (5-6) Sunday 4:05 pm EST
MIAMI (Ticker) - The Jacksonville Jaguars' first visit to South
Florida could not be coming at a worse time.
Trying to end their road struggles, the Jaguars face the red-hot
Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
It marks just the third regular-season and fourth overall
meeting between the teams. Jacksonville holds a 2-1 lead in the
series, including a 62-7 mauling in a divisional playoff game
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio will be looking for improvement for
his club on the road, where they are just 1-4 and have allowed
117 points. Jacksonville is 5-1 at home, having given up just
The struggles for the Jaguars continued last week with a 27-24
loss to Buffalo. Jacksonville held a 323-241 advantage in total
yards but hurt itself with 10 penalties for 108 yards.
David Garrard was efficient against the Bills, completing
16-of-22 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Fred Taylor
rushed for 101 yards and rookie Maurice Jones-Drew gained 78 to
go along with a touchdown.
The Dolphins are conjuring up memories of last season when they
finished with a six-game winning streak.
Following a woeful 1-6 start, Miami has reeled off four straight
wins. Included in the run was handing Chicago its first loss
and defeating Kansas City, which is fighting for a playoff spot.
The Dolphins could be without the services of running back
Ronnie Brown, who underwent surgery for a broken left hand he
suffered in a 27-10 victory at Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Joey Harrington also exacted a measure of revenge against the
Lions, completing 19-of-29 passes for 213 yards and three
touchdowns with an interception.
Jacksonville is coming off a devastating loss to the Bills in which it had the edge in most of the statistical categories The Jaguars will be out to prove they can win on the road, especially against a team that has a potent defense. Miami has been dominating teams the old-fashioned way, with defense and extremely efficient quarterback play from Joey Harrington.
This game will feature one of the stronger running attacks (Jacksonville) against one of the stingiest run defenses (Miami). One more loss will put the Jaguars on the playoff bubble. Miami, meanwhile, can't afford another loss to have any chance at all.