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Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (21) intercepts a pass in front of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) and returns it for a 22-yard touchdown during the second half in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

Miami Dolphins Safety Louis Delmas (25) returns an interception 81-yards for a touchdown past Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84) during the first half in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.

By Dedrick D. Henry, Sr.

      The Miami Dolphins started out quite sluggish against Jacksonville. The Dolphins overcame a mediocre performance by returning two interceptions for touchdowns and taming the Jaguars 27-13 on Sunday. Dolphins Safety Delmas returned an interception for 81 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter, and CB Brent Grimes added a 22-yarder in the third.

That was all Miami needed to put away the Jaguars (1-7), who have lost for the 19th time in 24 games under second-year coach Gus Bradley. Miami’s win was far from perfect, but it gave the team consecutive victories for the first time this season and hopefully some confidence going into the tougher part of their schedule, which features San Diego (5-3), Detroit (6-2) and Denver (6-1).

The Dolphins were reeling against Jacksonville early. The Jaguars dominated the first half, outgaining the Dolphins 199-4 in yards late in the second quarter and time of possession, but still trailing 10-3. Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles had three turnovers, giving him six in the past two weeks and 13 in six games.

Four of have been interceptions returned for touchdowns. He is the first quarterback since the New York Jets’ Geno Smith last year to have two picks returned for TDs in the same game.


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