Miami (0-2) at Jacksonville (1-1), 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network. They both share the same state. They’re separated by 351 miles along I-95 in the Sunshine State and they open play in week three of the 2020 NFL season. Miami and Ryan Fitzpatrick makes the trip to north Florida for a Thursday night contest with Gardner Mayhew and the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Both teams enter Thursday’s contest with losses under their belts last Sunday.

Miami opened the home half of their 2020 season at Hard Rock Stadium against AFC East foe Buffalo and the Bills managed to hold off the Dolphins 31-28 Sunday afternoon. Miami trailed 17-10 at the intermission and then managed to keep things close, outscoring the Bills 18-14 in the final 30 minutes of play, making the contest a 3-point affair with 49 seconds when Fitzpatrick and TE Mike Gesicki connected on an 8-yard TD pass and a two-point conversion from Fitzpatrick to WR Preston Williams. Miami then attempted an onside kick, which Buffalo recovered, allowing the Bills to run out the clock and take the win. Buffalo outrushed Miami 111-99 and Fitzpatrick threw for 328 yards and a pair of TDs (he was sacked three times), while Bills QB Josh Allen threw for 417 yards and four TDs with a sack but no interceptions. Miami was 5 of 12 on third down, 0 of 1 on fourth down and actually ruled the clock, keeping the ball for 31:05, while the Bills, keeping the ball for 28:55, went 5 for 10 on third down.

Tennessee held off a late Jacksonville rally last Sunday in the Music City as the Titans prevailed 33-30 at Nissan Stadium. Once again, it was Stephen Gostkowski saving Tennessee, with the Titans using an 8-play, 29-yard drive that used 1:53 of clock, to break a 30-30 tie with 96 seconds left in regulation, with Gostkowski connecting on a 49-yard field to take the lead for good. Jacksonville and Minshew had tied the contest up with 7:25 left when Minshew and RB Chris Thompson connected on a 14-yard TD pass.

Jacksonville would get the ball back and would get as close as their 45-yard line before Minshew’s pass was picked off by LB Harold Landry to end the drive and the threat. Jacksonville out-rushed Tennessee 165-123 with Jaguars rookie RB James Robinson leading all rushers with 102 yards and a TD, while Tennessee was led by Derek Henry with 84 yards rushing. Minshew threw for 339 yards with three TDs (Minshew was sacked twice and threw a pair of interceptions), while Ryan Tannehill threw for 239 yards and four TDs (two to TE Jonnu Smith) with a sack but no interceptions.

Both clubs did quite well on third down tries in the Music City; Jacksonville went 10 of 14 (the Jaguars were 1 of 1 on fourth down), while the Titans were 7 of 11. Jacksonville actually ruled the clock, holding on to the ball for 33:22 to Tennessee’s 26:38.

They’ve met eight times and the series is tied 4-4 and the Dolphins have outscored Jacksonville 147-128. Their last meeting was in 2018 in Miami and the Jagaurs were 17-7 winners at Hard Rock Stadium, while Miami’s last win in the series came in 2014 in Jacksonville by a final of 27-13. Jacksonville’s favored by 2 1/2 and the over/under’s 47 1/2. If nothing else, this could wind up being a somewhat entertaining contest. Jacksonville’s looking to find their second win of the season, while the Dolphins are looking to right their ship and earn that first win. The ‘Fins are going to have wait another week. Jacksonville takes the win in north Florida and covers the 2 1/2.

Broadcast Information: 8:20 p.m. on NFL Network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter); NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Brandon Gaudin, Derek Rackley; SIRIUS: 81 (Miami), 83 (Jacksonville) | XM: 226 (Miami), 225 (Jacksonville)

Referee: Brad Allen

Injury Report

Miami
OUT: CB Byron Jones (groin, achilles)
DOUBTFUL: S Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral)

Jacksonville
OUT: OL Brandon Linder (Knee), K Josh Lambo (Left Hip)
QUESTIONABLE: WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Chest)

Weather: Partly cloudy and 78 degrees

Broadcast information, officials and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.