The Dolphins went to halftime against the Jaguars with a lead, but without getting too much from their offense.
They gained just 109 yards in the first two quarters. Coach Joe Philbin must have said something inspirational in the locker room because the second half was a very different story.
Miami picked up 280 yards in the third and fourth quarters and rolled to a 24-3 win that keeps hope alive of finishing with a .500 record this season. Ryan Tannehill was 22-of-28 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, a nice bounce-back performance after a pair of rough outings in losses to the Patriots and 49ers. The degree of difficulty was obviously a bit lower than it was in those games, but it’s still an encouraging sign for the rookie quarterback.
Reggie Bush had 105 yards, his first time north of 100 yards on the ground since the second week of the season, to make it a good day all around for the Miami offense. They even left a few points on the board with a fake field goal that resulted in an incomplete pass by punter Brandon Fields. The Jaguars had clearly sniffed out the fake, which would normally beg the question of why the Dolphins went ahead with it.
The answer might be the Jaguars offense. There wasn’t much chance that Jacksonville’s offense was going to make the Dolphins pay for an unwise gamble and they lived right down to those low expectations. Chad Henne evoked memories of his Dolphins stint with an 18-of-34, 221-yard outing at his old stomping grounds and the Jaguars could find themselves in the driver’s seat for the first overall pick if the Chiefs find their way to a win in Oakland later on Sunday.