Dolphins vs. Jaguars Betting Guide: How Miami’s QB Battle Will Impact This Matchup

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins Betting Odds

  • Spread: Dolphins -3
  • Over/Under: 37.5
  • Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET

The Dolphins host the Jaguars in one of six Preseason Week 3 matchups on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with a pick.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Second-year receiver D.J. Chark reportedly functioned as the Jaguars’ best wide receiver in training camp. The 2018 second-round pick caught only 14-of-32 targets for 174 yards as a rookie, but his 4.34-second 40-yard dash can’t be ignored. Chark’s average of 21.9 yards per reception during his final season at LSU ranks in the 96th-percentile among all wide receivers.

Chark will need to step up, as the offense is lacking proven pass catchers outside of Dede Westbrook as long as Marqise Lee’s (knee) status remains uncertain. Former Chiefs’ receiver Chris Conley has seemingly entrenched himself as the No. 4 receiver.

Each should benefit from their upgrade at the quarterback position. Nick Foles hasn’t always been the most consistent signal caller, but it’s tough to complain about his ability to drop gorgeous deep balls into his receiver’s waiting hands.

Miami Dolphins

Josh Rosen’s rookie performance was pretty far from okay. Sure, he wasn’t exactly set up for success inside of the Cardinals’ ancient offensive scheme, but as Antonio Brown said: Men lie, women lie, but the analytics don’t.

Josh Rosen Ranks Among 41 Rookie Quarterbacks to Start at Least 10 Games Since 2000

  • Completion rate: 55.2% (27th)
  • Touchdown rate: 2.8% (28th)
  • Interception rate: 3.6% (28th)
  • Quarterback rating: 66.7 (tied for 29th)
  • Yards per attempt: 5.8 (34th)
  • Adjusted yards per attempt: 4.8 (32nd)
  • Yards per game: 163 (35th)

The 2019 Dolphins offer a wider array of speedy weapons than the 2018 Cardinals, so it’ll be important for Rosen to show real signs of progression this season before the team likely selects its next hopeful franchise quarterback in the 2020 draft.

I’m picking the Dolphins due to the potential for them to play their starters for longer than the Jaguars in an effort to clear up their position battle under center.

PICK: Dolphins -3.5

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