Miami Dolphins

Keys to the Miami Dolphins’ 23-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Dolphins pass offense vs. Jaguars pass defense

Who won: Jaguars

Impact: Although Ryan Tannehill passed for 359 yards after a slow start, the Jaguars put plenty of pressure on him in the fourth quarter and stuffed Miami on its final two possessions. On Miami’s final possession while trailing by three, Tannehill and Jarvis Landry hooked up for a nine yards, but that was all Miami got. For a time in the second and third, Tannehill was on fire. In the second, he completed 11 of 14 passes for 125 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown to Damien Williams. Tannehill continued his hot play on the opening drive of the second half by marching the Dolphins down the field, completing all five passes for 80 yards — including a bullet to tight end Jake Stoneburner in the back of the end zone.

dolphins pass defense vs. Jaguars pass offense

Who won: Jaguars

Impact: Blake Bortles, now in his second season out of UCF, struggled last week after being sacked five times by Carolina. Sunday was a different deal — at least early on — as Bortles looked much more poised against what was at times a weak Miami rush. The Dolphins failed to record a single sack. In the opening half, Bortles tossed a pair of touchdown passes (both to Allen Robinson). He ended the half completing 12 of 17 for 186 yards with a rating of 145.7. Bortles came out firing in the second half, hooking up with Allen Hurns (UM) for 26 yards on a third-and-16 from the 14. He passed for just 87 yards in the second half to finish with 273 yards. Sunday was Bortles’ first NFL game with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Miami special teams vs. Jags special teams

Who won: Jaguars

Impact: Although neither team did much on returns as penalties plagued both, the two kickers accounted for 19 points off five field goals and four point after attempts. Jacksonville took that edge as Jason Myers — who spent last season playing in the Arena Football League after graduating from Marist in 2012 — hit on all three of his field goals, including the game-winner with 40 seconds left. Miami’s Andrew Franks made his first two field goal tries in the opening half, including one from 41 yards to cut Jacksonville's lead to 10-6. Franks had a chance to bring Miami within a point at 17-16, but dragged a 42-yard kick left, the first miss of the rookie's short career. The Jaguars then worked the ball down the field and Myers drilled a career-long 58-yard field goal.

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