Media’s pick for Thursday night football this week
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.