NFL: Dolphins, Buccaneers, Jaguars Preview

It’s Week 15 in the NFL and most teams are doing everything possible to win each week in hopes of making it to the playoffs. With the exception of the Miami Dolphins at times, it hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for Florida’s NFL teams.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2-11) are struggling to get wins under new head coach Lovie Smith. It seems they do everything possible to prevent themselves from coming out on  top at the end of games. They are coming off a loss to Detroit and the week before they blew a chance at a last minute field goal for the win caused by a penalty for having too many players on the field. This week they look to change that when they face Carolina who is without their starting quarterback, Cam Newton.

Newton was injured in a automobile accident earlier this week and suffered a fracture in his lower back. Derek Anderson will be taking the snaps in his place Sunday but for Smith the preparation coming into this game will be the same regardless of who will be behind the center at the start of the game.

Lovie Smith comments on facing Carolinas offense

The season is going about to same for the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also have just two wins on the season. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has had a hard time keeping the ball out of the defense’s hands; he’s thrown 16 interceptions on the year which has been a factor in his team only putting up an average of 15.2 points per game..

The Jags secondary will have quite a task trying to contain the dynamic duo that is Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Steve Smith when they travel to take on the Ravens. Jags head coach Gus Bradley is confident in his team’s ability to go get this win if they go up there with an aggressive mentality and play until the end.

What Head Coach Gus Bradley expects from his team

The year has been a little different for Miami who has a record of 7-6.  They are second in the AFC East behind only New England who happens to be their Week 15 opponent. The Dolphins look to have the same outcome as they did earlier in the season when they beat Tom Brady and the Patriots 33- 20.

The Dolphins will have to find a way to replace starting line backers Koa Misi and Jalani Jenkins who are still out with injuries. Miami head coach Joe Philbin knows that if his team wants to go out there and get a win, they must eliminate the negative plays such as penalties and sacks.

Joe Philbins comments on Dolphins eleminating negative plays

One person that is anxious to play this game is Tom Brady, who knows these teams are completely different from the last time they faced each other in Week 1.

Tom Bradys comments on the teams being different from week 1

All three of these games are set to begin at 1 pm.

 

 

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