Dolphins' defense carries the day in win over Jaguars

The Miami Dolphins ran back two Blake Bortles interceptions for touchdowns on Sunday, giving Joe Philbin's team more than enough scoring in a 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Our takeaways:

  1. Miami won because its defense made life miserable for Bortles. The rookie quarterback was harassed into two costly interceptions and a lost fumble. Louis Delmas opened the scoring with an 81-yard interception return early in the second quarter. Brent Grimes gave the Dolphins breathing room with a 22-yard pick six in the third quarter. The defensive fireworks were timely -- the Dolphins managed just 56 yards of offense in the first half.
  1. Bortles isn't in a great situation, but he's making too many mistakes to be an effective starter right now. Bortles has six turnovers in the past two weeks and has a league-worst 12 interceptions, including four pick-sixes. Don't forget, Bortles didn't even make his first start until Week 4.
  1. The Dolphins' offense woke up in the third quarter, icing the game with a seven-play, 95-yard touchdown drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews. Tannehill hit on a 50-yard deep ball to Mike Wallace (a sight for sore eyes in Miami) and Lamar Miller set up the score with a 30-yard run.
  1. The Jaguars played the final three quarters without left tackle Luke Joeckel, who exited with a concussion.
  1. Jaguars running back Denard Robinson cemented himself atop the Jacksonville depth chart with his second consecutive 100-yard effort. Toby Gerhart, who got paid nice money to be the bell-cow guy, had four carries.
  1. An underrated aspect of Tannehill's turnaround after a slow start? His legs. Tannehill became the first quarterback since Michael Vick in 2004 to have three consecutive games with a rush of 30 or more yards. Tannehill has rushed for 49, 48 and 49 yards in the past three weeks.

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