Only one of three NFL teams in Florida emerged victorious this weekend at the end of Week 8.
That team was the Miami Dolphins, who defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-13 to improve to 4-3 on the season. The now 1-7 Jags struggled to get anything going on offense for most of the game and were dominated both at the line of scrimmage and in the secondary by the Dolphin defense. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 221 yards and also threw two costly interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
“The defense played really well. The offensive line played really well,” said Bortles. “I’m killing us, so I have to try and eliminate different things and be better.”
The Jags will try to redeem themselves when they play the Bengals in Cincinnati this weekend.
Despite winning the game, the Dolphins were grossly ineffective on offense. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for just 178 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“We didn’t put those points up, the defense put those points up today,” said Tannehill. “We have to be able to go out and execute no matter who we’re playing. We didn’t perform up to our standards today in any aspect.”
The Dolphins will try to string together their third win in a row when they play the San Diego Chargers at home next weekend.
Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped their sixth game of the season after losing to the Minnesota Viking 19-13 in overtime. The Bucs struggled on offense for most of the game and failed to put any points on the board until the fourth quarter. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked five times as he threw for just one touchdown and one interception in the loss.
The Bucs will try to bounce back when they face the 4 and 3 Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
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