Ryan Tannehill jumpstarted the Dolphins’ offense Sunday with his legs, not his arm.
The Dolphins, who won 27-13 over the Jaguars, didn’t have a first down for the first 26 minutes of the game. But late in the first half, Tannehill picked up the first when he ran for 9 yards on second-and-6, extending a drive that would ultimately result in points.
Tannehill also broke off a 30-yard run late in the game — his third of at least that length of the season — and finished with 48 yards on five carries, many coming courtesy of the read-option.
“It was a big jump for us to get the drive going,” said Tannehill, who is the team’s second-leading rusher so far this season (198 yards on 27 carries). “But you can’t depend on that. You never know how teams are going to play you. We just have to do a better job of executing, not only in run blocking, but pass blocking and completing balls down the field.”
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The team gained 122 of its 148 rushing yards in the second half. Lamar Miller led the Dolphins with 78 yards on 14 carries.
Tannehill finally completed a deep ball to Mike Wallace — and it was in impressive fashion. He rolled to his right and launched a near-perfect throw on the run.
The catch was just as good. Wallace fended off cornerback Dwayne Gratz and got one knee down before going out of bounds. Officials initially ruled it incomplete, but ultimately reversed the call.
The catch was Wallace’s longest of the season. Wallace, who left the locker room quickly after the game, leads the team with 32 catches for 418 yards and five touchdowns.
While the Dolphins opened in a 5-2 defense Sunday, they again used safety Michael Thomas heavily at the nickel. Thomas recorded two tackles on defense and one on special teams.
Second-year corner Jamar Taylor also saw extended action on defense Sunday, and played one of his better games of the season. Taylor recorded three tackles and was generally good in coverage. He did get flagged for pass interference in the fourth quarter.
Odds and ends
▪ Dion Jordan made his 2014 debut after serving a six-game drug suspension to start the season. He recorded two tackles on defense, and one on special teams.
▪ Olivier Vernon blocked a first-half field goal attempt by Josh Scobee — giving the the Dolphins their third special-teams block of the season.
▪ With the victory, the Dolphins finished October with a 2-1 record — the 26th time it has had a winning record in this month. All-time, the Dolphins are 110-82-3 in October.
▪ The Dolphins have scored 24 or more points in five of their first seven games for just the sixth time in franchise history — and for the first time since 2002. In each of the five previous occasions, the Dolphins’ final record was .500 or better.
▪ The Dolphins sacked Blake Bortles four times Sunday, including once each by Jonathan Freeny and Terrence Fede, both of who registered the first sacks of their careers. Cameron Wake also had one, moving him past Trace Armstrong for sixth in most sacks in Dolphins history (56).
▪ Long snapper John Denney has now played in 150 consecutive games, the longest streak in Dolphins history.
▪ Koa Misi (ankle) missed his fourth game of the year with an ankle injury. Jason Trusnik started in his place.
▪ Other Dolphins inactives: S Jimmy Wilson; OG Shelley Smith; OT Jason Fox; DT Anthony Johnson; OG Billy Turner; TE Harold Hoskins.