Me­dia’s pick for Thurs­day night football this week

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - Sports - By Greg Cote Mi­ami Her­ald

NFL WEEK 3

GREG COTE’S THURS­DAY PICK

DOL­PHINS (0-2) at JAGUARS (1-1)

Line: JAC by 3.

Cote’s pick: JAC 30-24. TV: 5:20 p.m. Thurs­day, NFL Net­work.

Have you been hear­ing those TV spots pimp­ing Thurs­day’s game? “Fitz­magic vs. Min­shew Ma­nia!” Gotta love the cre­ativ­ity of net­work pub­li­cists! It’s a tough sell na­tion­ally, this matchup only the state of Florida could love (and maybe not even then?).

Of all the glam­our quar­ter­back du­els pos­si­ble in the NFL, not sure Ryan Fitz­patrick vs. Gard­ner Min­shew wig­gles the must-see me­ter all that much. Un­less the cat­e­gory is fa­cial hair and it’s one epic Game of Thrones beard vs. the other’s ‘70s adult film star mus­tache.

Fitz­patrick and Min­shew are likely to pro­duce fat stats and a shootout, but that’s mainly thanks to lousy de­fense on both sides. The ques­tion: Whose D is lousier? The ev­i­dence says Mi­ami’s is at the mo­ment. Jack­sonville was sup­posed to be deep among the NFL’S dregs but has played above ex­pec­ta­tions early on. Mi­ami is clearly im­proved over last year (low bar to hur­dle) but in mid-re­build is no­body’s idea of play­of­f­good.

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