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Dolphins take down the Bengals in Cincinnati

Ryan Tannehill, Reggie Bush AP

The Dolphins proved on Sunday that their 1-3 record doesn’t reflect the overall quality of their team, to the dismay of the Bengals.

Miami held off Cincinnati on the road on Sunday, winning 17-13.

After leading 7-6 at the half, the Dolphins scored the first 10 points of the second half before the Bengals narrowed the margin to four.

Neither team gained 300 yards, and the Dolphins had only 15 first downs.  But it was turnovers from the Bengals that helped the Dolphins, including an Andy Dalton interception on the first drive of the third quarter, which gave Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill a 36-yard field — and in four plays a 14-6 lead.

The Bengals had a chance to win the game late, but another Dalton interception killed the drive before it started.

Miami moves to 2-3, temporarily one-half game behind the three teams who lead the AFC East.

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30 Responses to “Dolphins take down the Bengals in Cincinnati”
  1. mcjon22 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:51 PM

    Tannehill>Dalton

  2. bsizemore68 says: Oct 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    Miami could be tied in there division this week, of course I don’t think the Pats will lose, I do think the Bills and Jets should lose for a 3 way tie for second place. Bill

  3. slizzyslizz says: Oct 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    So close to being 4-1 too…

    Tannehill looks like the real deal as well through 5 games. Give him some big play receiver(s) they could be back in the playoffs and contend sooner than we all expected.

  4. igotgamenj says: Oct 7, 2012 4:56 PM

    This Team is only going to get better, great win on the road.

  5. paleandpasty says: Oct 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    The officiating was horrible. So many missed calls and most in favor of the bengals. Besides the bengal player having his foot on the goal line his hand scraps the top of the goal line.

  6. ghjjf says: Oct 7, 2012 5:08 PM

    Dan carpenter should not be allowed to kick anything beyond 40 yards unless it is a game winning/tying attempt.

  7. mrcogburn says: Oct 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    You underestimate the Phins at your own peril. This team is young, but they are confident.

  8. orthomarine says: Oct 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    Way to go Miami….

    Rams are next… Coming down from Tampa to see us get back to 500

  9. 8drinkminimum says: Oct 7, 2012 5:17 PM

    Great win.

    The maturation of Tannehill continues.

    Carpenter continues to be shaky beyond 45.

    Charles Clay you got your chance today. Next time stay in bounds late or those chances are going to dry up.

    Refs and replay? Bad day for us.

    Thanks coach Philbin and staff for getting this team ready to play every week!

  10. FinFan68 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    paleandpasty says:
    Oct 7, 2012 5:04 PM
    The officiating was horrible. So many missed calls and most in favor of the bengals. Besides the bengal player having his foot on the goal line his hand scraps the top of the goal line.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    True. A couple were reviewed and somehow were still wrong. Even the announcers were pretty sure they would go the Dolphins way…and none of them did. I am used to that though. This team rarely catches a break. At least they overcame it and got a win…even though Clay had a colossally stupid play after the 2 min warning. The Dolphins are not as bad as has been reported. They could easily be 4-1 right now but they have yet to figure out how to close out games. this is a start

  11. gsb333 says: Oct 7, 2012 5:20 PM

    Carpenter will be cut by end of season. Officials missed A LOT calls today. This game was ugly but W is a W.

    Let’s talk about the offensive play calling… Ryan throws 431 last week and they go back to babying him this week. Few throws today that stretched the field. Also, I think the entire country new we were running up the middle on every 1st down… for 2 yds or less.

    We played to not lose again today. We won’t get better if we keep doing that…

    But a W is a W

  12. pantsfreezone says: Oct 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Seriously, how good is Miami’s front seven? I’d put them right behind San Fran in the league. And that Vontae Davis trade looks pretty genius now.

    I’ve been saying since he traded a 6th rounder for Reggie Bush that Jeff Ireland is a good GM and I think with all the cap space and picks next year Miami might turn the corner and stay at the top of the AFC East for a decade or more.

  13. joetoronto says: Oct 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    Nice win by the Phins, they knew Dalton couldn’t throw the ball deep.

    Tannehill is already better than Dalton.

  14. phinfan says: Oct 7, 2012 5:35 PM

    I dont know how the refs allowed the fins to win since they clearly screwed them the entire game!!! That AJ Green fumble-ruled catch was like nothing i’ve ever saw!

  15. promickey says: Oct 7, 2012 6:10 PM

    The only problem with the Miami Dolphins are the draft picks and talented skill players that did not get drafted due to the bad influence from the so called Czar Bill Parcells.

  16. 1westcoastphinfan says: Oct 7, 2012 6:41 PM

    I am so proud of our Dolphins, they beat a 3-1 team on it’s home field!
    Despite the refs blatantly making mistakes against us, despite the much touted Dalton to Green combo, despite an unfriendly stadium, despite our injuries, the Phins found a way to win. I knew we could do it + predicted it on PFT earlier this week.
    This team is not at its potential yet, but is getting better as the season progresses. Wake had another good day, defensive line played really well, and the O-line held down Cincy’s sack specialists today. 2 great interceptions by our D today. Way to go. Now we have St. Louis at home next Sunday. That is also a winnable game. Go Dolphins!

  17. daddyb1gdrawz says: Oct 7, 2012 7:14 PM

    I sat and read every negative comment PFT had about the Dolphins this offseason. I read disparaging reports of the coach, owner and how they appeared destined to be the worst team in the NFL by the way they were portrayed on Hard Knocks. This team is not an easy out. They have a long way to go offensively but they are getting better. People better start taking the Fins seriously.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 7, 2012 8:09 PM

    I’m starting to think Tannehill is a real baller. Going to turn out to be better than Luck or RG3. Wait and see.

  19. raiderapologist says: Oct 7, 2012 8:15 PM

    Too bad, Bengals fan. The Dolphins don’t look like much, but they can play some defense.

  20. randymachomansavage says: Oct 7, 2012 8:29 PM

    Well, at least Dalton is still better than Carson “pick-six” Palmer. Take a weaker arm over a head case every time. Tannehill might be good–played above his years today.

  21. coachbeck says: Oct 7, 2012 8:54 PM

    Grats to the fins. Was a crazy pick by the nose. You need that crazy stuff when your playing a better team

  22. vincentbojackson says: Oct 7, 2012 8:59 PM

    When are we going to get rid of these replacement refs? They’re ruining the integrity of the game.
    The regular refs would never blow calls like we saw today.

    Oh, wait…

  23. fracdj says: Oct 7, 2012 10:00 PM

    Tannehill has finally ended the drought in Miami for QBs. Philbin is a smart coach, but I still believe Ireland is not a good GM. He has made some good moves, but a lot of bad moves. Yes, Parcells and Spielman destroyed Miami with their terrible drafting, but Ireland isn’t great either.
    Drop Ireland, get Polian and Miami could be contenders, no question

  24. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 7, 2012 10:10 PM

    I’m shocked! weren’t the Dolphins the worst team in the league?

  25. finsphan says: Oct 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    *raiderapologist* QUOTE OF THE DAY! the dolphins don’t look like much, but their d is good…… lol, after the fins beat down the raiders scoring 35 against them and a raiders fan says their offense don’t look like much…aaahhhh that’s funny

  26. footballchic777 says: Oct 8, 2012 12:45 AM

    I am a Bengals fan, and have to say I was very impressed with the Dolphins today. Think they are getting better with every outing. The Bengals were awful, any way you slice it, and we were lucky to stay that close. Hope we look better next week, or we will have a loss…..to Cleveland!

  27. theroc5156 says: Oct 8, 2012 9:59 AM

    Everyone who is saying that Tannehill is better than Dalton “already” is an idiot.

    Dalton brought his team to the playoffs without the benefit of a full offseason as well as him having a rookie WR and rookie Coordinator. He had a bad game for him yesterday. As bad as the Bengals played, (you can credit ex-bengal coach Kevin Coyle for that) the Dolphins still barely won. Don’t get me wrong, they deserved to win and probably should have won by more, but enough of the Tannehill better than Dalton. Pure idiocy.

  28. mksnpcola says: Oct 8, 2012 10:16 AM

    Where are all the jokes about Tannehill being our best receiver? He is a QB, and he’s good!

  29. cantonbound13 says: Oct 8, 2012 1:25 PM

    Imagine what’s going to happen when Tannehill gets a #1 receiver & #1 TE. A new GM would be nice also.

  30. hehateme2 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:23 PM

    Tannehill>> Dalton again

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