Ah, Florida in the Rainy Season. Last weeks preseason opener began in a South Florida downpour. This week the Dolphins were dealing with lightning in the skies above North Florida. Last night’s contest between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars was delayed just short of two hours due to dangerous lightning.
Once the teams took the field, the Miami defense held Jacksonville to three and out on the first possession of the ballgame. Jaguars punter Adam Podlesh pinned the Dolphins back when he nailed his first kick. The Dolphins began their first offensive drive on their own five yard line.
Chad Henne would be sacked on the first play from scrimmage landing the Miami squad on their own one. Brandon Fields would end up punting from his own end zone. Fields’ punt would be blocked out of the end zone, giving the Jaguars a 2-0 lead and the ball.
Following the free kick after the safety, Jason Allen would force a fumble and Tyrone Culver recovered the football at the Jaguars 40 yard line. The Dolphins would capitalize on the fumble recovery with a 24 yard field goal by Dan Carpenter.
Henne and the Miami Dolphins offense would shake off the rough start.
Following a late first quarter Jaguars score that made it a 9-3 contest, Nolan Carroll returned the kickoff to the Fins 23. The first team offense would then come to life.
Following runs by Ronnie Brown (1 yard) and Lousaka Polite (4 yards), Henne would hit Ronnie Brown with a short pass good for nine yards and a first down. The Dolphins were now at their own 45 yard line. On the next play, Chad Henne would hit tight end Anthony Fasano with a short pass. Fasano would run fifty-five yards through the Jacksonville defense for a touchdown. The Dolphins would regain the lead 10-9.
With 6:45 remaining in the first half, Henne would find Fasano again. With first and ten from the Jacksonville eleven yard line, Chad would throw a soft toss to Fasano in the end zone. This put Miami up 17-9.
Following a Jaguars field goal, Chad Pennington made his first appearance of the preseason.
Following his own thirteen yard scramble deep in Jags territory, Pennington hit Ronnie Brown in the end zone. It was a ten yard pass play. The Dolphins went into halftime leading 24-12.
As promised during the week, Tyler Thigpen ran the offense the entire second half. He would complete eight of twelve passes for seventy-six yards. He did not throw any touchdown passes, nor was he intercepted.
Pat White seems to be the odd man out in the QB competition at the moment. Following last weeks mop-up role against Tampa Bay, he saw no action last night.
It was good to see the offense shake off the rough start. Henne recovered nicely and had a solid first half. At one point, Brandon Marshall dropped a pass that was, as radio analyst Jim Mandich put it, “right between the one and the nine” on his jersey. On the next play Henne went right back to Marshall. He caught that one and every other pass that was thrown his way.
Next up for the Miami Dolphins, a date with the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on Thursday night.