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Keys to the Miami Dolphins’ 27-13 victory over Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles vs. Miami’s defense

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: Bortles was part of Jacksonville dominating play in the first 37 minutes of the game and was just as much part of that domination resulting in a 17-3 Dolphins lead. He guided Jacksonville into scoring range only to overthrow an open Allen Robinson in the end zone or get suckered into a throw that Louis Delmas returned 81 yards for a touchdown. He fumbled while carrying the ball low. His poor communication led to Brent Grimes’ 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.

The Dolphins’ pass rush vs. Jags’ pass protection

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: The number of sacks, four worth 20 yards in losses, and the measurable effect of those would be good enough. But, the bonus is that the Dolphins got Bortles uneasy with their pass pressure, especially from the left side, where injuries eroded Jacksonville’s offensive line. Bortles hurried some throws and threw off his back foot on others, which helped hold his passing numbers down to 18 for 34 for 221 yards.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Jaguars defense

Who won: Dolphins

The impact: Whether or not Tannehill is truly the answer for the Dolphins post-Marino search for an A-list quarterback, he’s got A-list resiliency. Once again, Tannehill spent a half being battered by the Jaguars’ pass rush, betrayed by receiver drops and his own throwing deficiencies (three passes blocked). So he ended the half by engineering a field-goal drive. He went 11 of 17 for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the second half, despite starting that half almost as poorly he played the first.

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