POUNDING THE ROCK
The Jaguars rushed for 176 yards today on 30 carries (5.9 avg.) thanks in part to 108 yards by second-year running back Denard Robinson. The Jaguars have eclipsed 150-plus rushing yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010. The Jaguars rushed for a season-high 185 yards last Sunday against Cleveland.
DEFENSE STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE POSSESSIONS SNAPPED AT 28
The Jaguars defense went 28 straight possessions without allowing a touchdown until the streak was snapped on the Dolphins seventh possession of the game. The Jaguars have allowed only three offensive touchdowns over the last four games. The Jaguars allowed a second half touchdown today for the first time since week four at San Diego (a span of three games).
SACKS CONTINUE TO PILE UP FOR DEFENSE
The Jaguars recorded three sacks today, marking the sixth time in the first eight games the club had three or more sacks. The Jaguars were credited with seven quarterback hits. The Jaguars have 44 sacks in the last 16 games dating back to 2013.
BIG DAY FOR RYAN DAVIS
Defensive end Ryan Davis registered a career-high two sacks along with two tackles for loss and three quarterback hits. Davis sacked quarterback Ryan Tannehill for a four-yard loss on the Dolphins opening possession. Davis took down Tannehill for a seven-yard loss on the Dolphins opening possession of the second half. Davis is tied for the team-lead (Chris Clemons) with four sacks through the first eight games.
ALLEN ROBINSON CONTINUES TO LEAD RECEIVING CORPS
2014 second-round pick Allen Robinson led the Jaguars with five catches for 82 yards to increase his season totals to a team-high 39 catches for 453 yards. He had a career-long 48-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The receiving totals are the most in franchise history by a rookie after the first eight games. He has a touchdown in back-to-back games and at least four catches in six straight contests. He moved into seventh place in team history for most receptions by a Jaguars rookie, surpassing Matt Jones (36, 2005).
DENARD LEADS RUSHING ATTACK
Second-year running back Denard Robinson posted his second straight 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 108 yards on 15 carries (6.0 avg.). Robinson became the first Jaguars player with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2011. His 41-yard run in the first quarter was the longest of his career and longest by the Jaguars through eight games. He leads the Jaguars with 329 yards on 68 carries (4.8 avg.) through eight games.
FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION FOR J.T. THOMAS
J.T. Thomas made his first start of the season at middle linebacker for the Jaguars and recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter on a pass tipped by linebacker Telvin Smith. Thomas moved to the middle after the season-ending injury to Paul Posluszny last Sunday against Cleveland. He finished with six tackles and one pass defensed. The Jaguars have an interception in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
RED ZONE DEFENSE EXCELS
The Jaguars allowed 10 points on four Dolphins red zone possessions, all in the second half. Opponents have scored only three touchdowns against the Jaguars in their last 17 red zone possessions over a five-game span.
DOMINATING FIRST HALF DEFENSE
The Jaguars allowed only three points on four first half possessions by the Dolphins and forced three three-and-outs. The Dolphins had 56 total yards at the half including 26 on the ground. The Jaguars have only allowed three points on their opponents' first offensive possession through eight games, a field goal against Indianapolis in week three.
MARKS REGISTERS THIRD SACK OF THE SEASON
Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks sacked Ryan Tannehill for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter, his third sack through eight games. Marks has 10 career sacks with seven coming with the Jaguars (24 games). He also had a sack in his last meeting against Miami on Nov. 11, 2012.
BORTLES FINISHES WITH 221 YARD THROUGH THE AIR
Quarterback Blake Bortles completed 18 of 34 passes for 221 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Bortles hooked up with fellow rookie Allen Robinson for a 48-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. Bortles had four completions of 20-plus yards, increasing his season total to 19 through six games including four for touchdowns. He has 31-plus attempts in all five career starts.
The Jaguars dominated every statistical category in the first quarter, outgaining the Dolphins 132 to 3. The Jaguars had six first downs with the Dolphins failing to record a first down and the Jaguars controlled the ball for 11 minutes in the opening quarter.
Images from the first half of the Jaguars Week 8 matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
- The Jaguars recorded six plays of 20-plus yards (4 passes, 2 runs). The Dolphins had four plays of 20-plus yards (2 passes, 2 runs).
- Rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns had two receptions of 20 yards.
- The Jaguars converted both fourth down attempts.
- The Jaguars controlled the ball for a season-high 32:23.
- Safety Johnathan Cyprien led the Jaguars with nine solo tackles and added one special teams tackle.
- Linebacker Jeremiah George recorded a special teams tackle in his first career NFL game.
- Blake Bortles had a career-long 32-yard run in the third quarter.
- Toby Gerhart returned to action after missing the last two games with a foot injury. He had four carries for 10 yards and one reception for three yards.
- Left tackle Luke Joeckel suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return. Rookie Josh Wells was inserted into the game.
- Josh Scobee had a field goal blocked for the third time this season as his 48-yard field goal attempt on the opening possession of the game was blocked by Olivier Vernon.
- Two of Bryan Anger's four punts were downed inside the 20. He registered a 46.8-yard average and 44.3-yard net with a long of 54 yards.