The Miami Dolphins have improved to 6&8 on the season with a 24-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The win keeps the Dolphins' slim playoff hopes alive, as well as the hope that the Dolphins could come out of the season with a non-losing record.
The day was led by Ryan Tannehill's performance, particularly in the second half. The rookie quarterback finished the day with a 123.2 passer rating, complting 22 of 28 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 52 yards, with a long of 30.
Running back Reggie Bush topped 100 yards for the second time this season, carrying the ball 21 times for 104 yards. He had a 53-yard run on the day, and finishes with a 5.0 yards per carry average. Bush is now 105 yards short of his second straight 1,000 yard rushing season.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have their eighth different 1,000 yard receiver. Brian Hartline now has exactly 1,000 yards on the year, joining Mark Clayton (5 seasons over 1,000 yards), Mark Duper (4), Irving Fryar (2), Brandon Marshall (2), Chris Chambers (1), O.J. McDuffie (1), and Tony Martin (1).
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback, Chad Henne, went 18-for-34 for 221 yards on the day. He was sacked twice, both in the first half; Kevin Burnett and Jared Odrick each recorded one sack. The Jaguars did an exceptional job throughout the game of chipping and double teaming Cameron Wake, keeping him off Henne.
The Dolphins were racked by injuries all day. Sean Smith, Chris Clemons, Kevin Burnett, and John Jerry all missed at least one play (Smith technically did not miss a play due to a timeout, but he was still shaken up), while Nolan Carrol, Daniel Thomas, and Charles Clay all sat out the majority of the day due to various injuries.
The victory puts the Dolphins in the ninth seed in the AFC playoff picture, on the outside looking in. The Cincinnati Bengals, at 8-6, are currently the sixth seed. MIami would need a near-miracle to make the post season, with the Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New York Jets to suddenly start losing.
The sixth win for the Dolphins double most "expert" opinions of where this team would finish for the season, and keeps the Dolphins trying to end their three-straight losing season streak. Miami would have to win over the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots, both of whom have beaten Miami already this year, to finish at 8-8 on the season.
The Dolphins' game against the Bills will be in Miami next Sunday.