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Bortles, Jaguars win battle of Florida on late field goal

Monday, September 21, 2015 9:45:47 AM America/Los_Angeles

Blake Bortles led a game-winning field goal drive for the Jaguars to win the Battle of Florida 23-20 over the Miami Dolphins. Here's what we learned:

1. Bortles and the Jacksonville offense did virtually nothing in the second half for the second straight week. But they are 1-1 because of a big step forward for the team's offensive core overall. Bortles finished with 273 yards and two scores on 33 attempts. Allen Robinson had 155 yards and two scores, all before halftime. And the offensive line did a far better job protecting Bortles, giving up only three quarterback hits. Most importantly, Bortles delivered a game-winning drive when given the chance with the ball in the final two minutes.

2. The Dolphins offense' isn't the same without left tackle Branden Albert. He left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and didn't return. Miami's rushing attack was especially poor after that. Lamar Miller finished with only 14 yards on 10 carries. Miami's offense only scored seven points in the second half and Albert's replacement Jason Fox gave up a sack fumble late in the game that Fox was very fortunate to recover at the one-yard line.

3. Miami needs bigger returns on Ndamukong Suh and their highly vaunted defensive line. The team didn't record a sack and Suh was not a huge factor until late in the game. Olivier Vernon cost the Dolphins valuable field position with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jacksonville's final drive.

4. This is one of those games that Dolphins fans are used to losing under coach Joe Philbin. Ryan Tannehill mostly played well, but couldn't move the ball when it mattered. The team totaled 75 yards and no points in their last six drives, with only 17 yards combined in their last three drives. This was an outstanding chance for Miami to start 2-0 on the road. That's the type of thing that playoffs teams do.

5. For the second straight week, the Jaguars' defense was greater than the sum of their parts. Linebacker Telvin Smith ended the game with a pass deflection, an appropriate finish for a day where he was all over the field.

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