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Week 15 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 3, Miami Dolphins 24


Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Chad Henne, Pass: 18 - 34 - 221 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 16 - 0

While Henne has been considered an upgrade to the passing offense from Blaine Gabbert, he was far from consistent against Miami this week. Henne collected 77 of his 221 passing yards on a final garbage-time drive, which included a missed opportunity for a touchdown. During the first third-and-a-half quarters, the Jacksonville offense would squander every chance at establishing a rhythm on offense. Despite converting 4-of-7 third downs early in the game, Henne impacted the game more negatively than positively. He was sacked twice on third downs, killing drives, as well as missing Shorts on a deep pass. Henne was stuffed on fourth-and-one and Jacksonville's seven first half penalties were a major contributor to their struggles as well. In addition to Henne missing Shorts in the closing minutes for a touchdown, a first half score to Justin Blackmon was negated by an ineligible substitution penalty. The game felt like Jacksonville was out of the game despite the score being within reach until the fourth quarter. On the bright side, this was just the second time in six games since playing regularly that Henne has not thrown an interception. It is hard to see Henne as anything but a stopgap starter until the position is addressed in a long-term fashion.

RB Montell Owens, Rush: 11 - 47 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)

Against one of the better run defenses, Owens averaged more than four yard per rush and was the primary ball carrier with Maurice Jones-Drew still out of the lineup. Owens has little ability to break down a defender in the open field, but showed the tenacity for yards after contact on multiple occasions between the tackles. He powered through a safety for yards after contact to convert third-and-short and did the same on a swing pass. He made an aggressive block in pass protection as well, stoning a defender in his tracks. His biggest gain of the day came on a well-blocked run to the outside. Owens had a clear path to 10+ yards before getting pushed out of bounds. Owens would be a top-25/30 running back option over the final two weeks if he remains the main ball carrier in Jacksonville.

RB Richard Murphy, Rush: 6 - 20 - 0

For the second straight week, Murphy saw notable action as the backup running back to Montell Owens. It was tough sledding for Murphy against Miami's active defensive front, where most of his yards came from no-nonsense attempts between the tackles.

RB Greg Jones, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0

On just his fourth rushing attempt of the season, the fullback plunged ahead for minimal yardage against a stacked defensive front.

WR Justin Blackmon, Rec: 6 - 93 - 0 (11 targets)

For the third time in the last five games, Blackmon saw 11+ targets. This week against Miami, he had just his second game over 70 receiving yards on the season. Like teammate Cecil Shorts, Blackmon benefited from the final Jacksonville drive of the game with the outcome already decided. He caught three passes in garbage time, as many as he did in the first 55 minutes of the game. Despite nearly 100 yards on the day, Blackmon had numerous chances for more production. In the red zone, a Miami defender misplayed the ball in the air and Blackmon walked in for an easy touchdown. Unfortunately, the play was negated by a procedure penalty on the offense. Blackmon dropped an easy target over the middle in field goal and could not control a contested target on third-and-long. One positive is Blackmon's expanding route tree. Earlier in the season, he seemed to run a small sample of routes with little to no separation on a majority of them. This week, Blackmon expanded on his use, something to monitor over the final two weeks of his rookie campaign.

WR Cecil Shorts, Rec: 6 - 101 - 0 (11 targets)

After missing last week, Shorts was back in the lineup and received 11 of the team's 34 passing targets. His 100-yard day was his fourth such performance in the past six games. His four-game touchdown streak came to an end, but he did have chances to score against Miami this week. He broke free deep in the closing minutes, only to have Henne miss him for a long touchdown. As Jacksonville piled up nearly 80 passing yards in garbage time, Shorts was one of the biggest benefactors. He had two big gains in addition to his missed touchdown opportunity detailed above. In the final seconds, Shorts was targeted twice in the end zone, once being knocked away by the defensive back. On his final target, Shorts caught the end zone target with full extension, but got just one foot down on the boundary. In addition to his six receptions, Shorts drew a defensive pass interference penalty early in the game coming back to the ball on a back shoulder pass. In six of his last seven games, Shorts has surpassed 16 points in PPR scoring. The Patriots and Titans are two very good matchups to close the season for the Jacksonville passing game.

WR Jordan Shipley, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (4 targets)

Shipley was minimally involved as an interior receiver against Miami. One reception was wiped out by a holding penalty and another saw Shipley run an out route one yard short of the first down marker. Shipley showed some potential in Cincinnati prior to his injury in 2011, but Just Blackmon is likely to line up in the slot on obvious passing downs going forward in Jacksonville.

WR Toney Clemons (2 targets)

Clemons had two targets, but failed to find a connection with Chad Henne. Both were catchable despite being difficult plays. On a slant route, Clemons was targeted a little too far out in front and he was unable to make a circus one-handed play on a high target in garbage time.

TE Marcedes Lewis, Rec: 3 - 8 - 0 (4 targets)

Lewis has by far hit rock bottom in terms of production the past two weeks, totaling just 12 receiving yards on eight targets. This week, Lewis caught his three short targets for minimal yardage, but missed his lone chance for a decent fantasy day. Henne threw a back shoulder pass to Lewis in the end zone late in the game. Lewis did not appear to be ready for the pass and was unable to make the play in single coverage.


Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Tannehill, Pass: 22 - 28 - 220 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 52 - 0

Tannehill had his most efficient game of the season in what turned into a comfortable win. Jacksonville gave little offensive opposition, which meant Tannehill did not have to force the ball down the field. In a game of solid decision-making and showing his athleticism outside the pocket, Tannehill's lone mistake, a fumble, setup Jacksonville in field goal range. In the late second quarter, Tannehill led a great touchdown drive to open up a solid lead. In the red zone, he ran a fake reverse, finding Charles Clay wide open for the score. Between the second and third quarters, Tannehill completed 11 straight passes as Miami monopolized the clock, taking control of the game. His pocket movement and scrambling ability was on display in the second half with big gains. Tannehill found Brian Hartline across his body on a pass and navigating through second level defenders en route to a huge gain on the ground. Miami was happy to eat clock over the final 20 minutes of the game for the easy win as Jacksonville did not mount a comeback effort. Tannehill iced the game with a goal line rollout, finding a wide open Anthony Fasano for his final touchdown. This was only the second game with multiple touchdown passes this season for Tannehill and his first game over 35 rushing yards.

RB Reggie Bush, Rush: 21 - 104 - 0 (2 targets)

Bush was back to being the bell cow for Miami, getting 20+ carries for the first time since Week 2. He looked like a back running for a new contract in the offseason. His cuts were defined and he did not shy away from contact between the tackles. The offensive line was a major contributor to his final statistics as they paved his way with frequent big holes at the point of attack. Despite a 53-yard run in the second half, more runs were there for the taking to give Bush an even bigger day. For example, on one occasion Bush had a clear running lane on an outside run to cut inside. It was close to five yards wide if he had chosen to run to daylight. Instead, Bush continued to bounce the play outside, which ended at the sidelines for a loss of yardage. Bush's successful runs came inside in this game, not when he reverted to his pre-2011 ways of thinking he can run around the corner on every defender.

RB Lamar Miller, Rush: 6 - 18 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)

Daniel Thomas limped off the field after a single carry against Jacksonville, which opened the door for Miller to have seven touches in relief of Reggie Rush. Miller did not get the same level of run blocking from the offensive line and his statistics reflect it. Miller converted a third down with his lone target in the passing game, but was generally stuffed on the ground. His first run was his best of the day, a four-yard jaunt including spin move on the first defender. Miller is one of the more intriguing young running backs to monitor this offseason as Reggie Bush is a free agent and Daniel Thomas has done little to be viewed as the lead back in 2013 if Bush were to leave Miami.

RB Jorvorskie Lane, Rec: 2 - 6 - 1 (2 targets)

Lane was again active around the goal line. The athletic fullback has three touchdowns this season on just 22 offensive touches. This week, Lane came wide open in the middle of the end zone on a well-designed fake-reverse play. Early in the third quarter, Lane contributed a false start penalty as well.

RB Daniel Thomas, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0

Thomas came up limping after his lone carry against Jacksonville. He showed uncharacteristic agility with a spin move and then blasted his way for six yards at the second level. He hobbled off the field and was not seen again. He would have likely seen 5-10 carries on the day with Miami controlling the game in the second half.

WR Brian Hartline, Rec: 5 - 77 - 0 (6 targets)

After catching just 2-of-8 targets for 34 yards last week, Hartline had another gloomy outlook in the first half against the Jaguars. In the first half, Hartline had zero targets. Miami involved Hartline immediately in the second half as he got loose in the secondary for a 37-yard gain on the first play in the third quarter. He was back to being the biggest weapon in the Miami pass game after that, making things happen regularly over the final 30 minutes. He found open areas behind cornerbacks and in front of safeties on two occasions. His lone missed opportunity came on a slant at the goal line, his best chance to score in the game. It was a tight window, but a catchable pass that Hartline failed to haul in. While Hartline surpassed 1,000 yards on the season in this game, he has just one touchdown on 67 receptions, one of the lowest touchdown rates in the league. Buffalo and New England in the final two weeks gives Hartline decent matchups to add to his career-best season.

WR Rishard Matthews, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)

Matthews was a surprising contributor this week as he saw five targets. He had just six targets in the previous four games combined. Matthews is a big-bodied receiver that can box out defenders when he gets in the proper position. Those traits were on display on each of his three receptions. Matthews held on to passes when hit and even drew a defensive pass interference penalty on a third down in the second half. On his lone chance for a big play, Tannehill missed Matthews when he was wide open on a seam route. Miami was in field goal range and facing a third down, adding to its importance as one of Tannehill's few off-target throws.

WR Marlon Moore, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (2 targets)

Moore played quite a bit, but had just two targets against Jacksonville. He caught both and made the most of his chances. He showed some wiggle after the catch on a hitch route and then identified zone coverage and found an open area for his final catch.

WR Armon Binns

The recently acquired Binns saw a lone target as the fourth receiver against Jacksonville. On a hitch route, Binns drew a defensive pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter.

TE Anthony Fasano, Rec: 6 - 56 - 1 (6 targets)

Fasano had, by far, his best game of the season in Week 15. In fact, it had been two months since Fasano broke even 20 receiving yards in a game. He was in his usual role as a possession target, but two plays broke that pattern against Jacksonville. On a broken play, Tannehill found a wide open Fasano over the middle for 22 yards, one of Fasano's rare highlight plays this year. In the fourth quarter, Fasano iced the game with a goal line touchdown as he came wide open. His six targets marked his second-highest total of the season and just the second time in 2012 that Fasano caught all of his targets. Outside of deep non-PPR leagues, it is tough to be excited about Fasano building on this game over the final two weeks of the season.

TE Charles Clay, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)

Clay caught both of his short targets this week, but was hampered by an injury for part of the game. Other than bolstering Tannehill's production as a situational target, he has little stand-alone value.


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