Entering this season, a lot was expected of the Dolphins, and not a lot was expected of the Jaguars.
And yet, the Jags beat the Dolphins, 23-20, this past Sunday in Jacksonville, with kicker Jason Myers winning the game with a 28-yard chip shot with less than a minute to go.
Nice win for the Jags, no?
“Obviously a lot of people don’t give us a chance,” Myers said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We know we have our crowd down here, but going against an in-state rival and picking up a big win like that, that was good.”
It’s still early, but Jacksonville, believe it or not, is atop the AFC South, as the Colts have struggled mightily in each of their first two games. Perhaps the Colts won’t be as good as people thought? Perhaps the Jags actually have a chance to win the division?
“We focus on us,” Myers said. “Whoever is at hand that week, it’s good to be in the race. It’s early in the season. But yeah, we got a lot of confidence coming off this win, so we’ll see where it takes us.”
Myers, who missed a field goal and an extra point in Week 1, more than redeemed himself in Week 2, hitting a 27-yarder in the first quarter, a 58-yarder just before halftime and then, of course, the game-winner in the fourth.
With the new PAT rule this season, Myers, who has a very calm demeanor, said he’s focused at all times. Many analysts assumed that teams would go for a two-point conversion much more often, but that really hasn’t been the case trough two weeks of the season.
“Not really,” said Myers, a Marist product. “I don’t know what they discuss in the coaches meetings, but no, (our special teams coach) preps us to do our job when our number is called. So I don’t really worry about are we going for two? Are we going to kick it? I focus on kicking it every time. If they pull me back, then they pull me back. Otherwise I stay right there and do my job.”
Jacksonville has one of the youngest teams in football. Myers is 24, Blake Bortles is 23, Allen Robinson, who had 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Miami, is 22., and T.J. Yeldon, who had a game-high 70 rushing yards on Sunday, is 21.
“Yeah, the team’s obviously younger,” Myers said. “Everyone’s pretty close, but even the veterans, they’re great guys. They support everybody. So it’s not like we have a bunch of young guys and a couple old guys separated. It’s a close family here.”
The Jaguars play their next three games on the road – at New England (2-0), at Indy (0-2) and at Tampa Bay (1-1) – before hosting the Texans (0-2) and Bills (1-1) on Oct. 18 and 25, respectively.