After falling in a defensive showdown against the San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1), the Miami Dolphins (5-8) will host the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) in a Florida showdown. And to highlight the event, former Dolphin quarterback Chad Henne returns to South Beach.
Last week, the Jaguars fell 17-10 in an absolutely atrocious game against the New York Jets (6-7) that really highlighted the worst aspects of both squads. Henne had a terrible performance that was matched by Mark Sanchez. The Jaguar running game was still below average and the Jaguar run defense could not contain the Jets, who pounded the football all afternoon.
So when the Dolphins prepare for this matchup, they need to think about their offensive playbook in the same manner. Run the football. Get Reggie Bush his carries. Give Daniel Thomas a few opportunities. It's even time to give Lamar Miller a shot.
The Dolphin passing game should not be ruled out of the equation, but it has been much less effective in recent matchups. Tannehill can still lead this football team, but against the Jaguars, it should be run-first and often.
Defensively, Miami should look to provide as much pressure as possible to throw off Chad Henne. The Jets only sacked him three times, but brought pressure often throughout the game. Miami should look to do the same. Cameron Wake will lead the charge, forcing Henne to make key mistakes that can give the Dolphins the opportunity to build a substantial lead and put this game out of reach for the visitors.
On the coverage side of things, keeping Justin Blackmon out of the game, who has become Henne's new Brandon Marshall, is imperative. Without Blackmon to pass to, Henne will be short of options and start forcing the football, allowing the Miami secondary to force some turnovers.
If the Dolphins can accomplish all of this, they can avoid the upset and beat the Jaguars.