Thursday Night Football: Bengals knock off Dolphins 27-15

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The banged-up Dolphins put up a good fight, even after a scary injury to their quarterback, but they lost for the first time this season. The Eagles (3-0) now are the NFL’s only unbeaten team.

The Bengals beat Miami 27-15 before a Cincinnati-record crowd of 67,260 in Thursday Night Football. Cincinnati moved to 2-2 and dropped the Dolphins to 3-1.

Vonn Bell had two interceptions; Tee Higgins had seven catches for 123 yards; and Joe Burrow passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals looked as close to the 2021 version of themselves as they have all season.

The Dolphins won their first three games impressively, but the four-day turnaround worked to their disadvantage. They had 14 players on their injury report this week and nine had statuses entering the game, including quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, cornerback Xavien Howard, receiver Jaylen Waddle and left tackle Terron Armstead.

And the Dolphins had to leave Miami early Wednesday because of Hurricane Ian.

But the worst of it came in the second quarter when the Dolphins watched in horror as Tagovailoa left the field on a stretcher. He went by ambulance to a local hospital to be evaluated for head and neck injuries only four days after he was cleared of a concussion during the win over the Bills, which prompted an NFL investigation.

The Dolphins took their only lead of the game with 2:40 left in the third quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Jason Sanders, and they stayed close until the final two minutes.

The Bengals outscored the Dolphins 13-0 in the fourth quarter, with Evan McPherson hitting field goals of 19 and 57 yards before Burrow hit Hayden Hurst for a 2-yard touchdown with 1:52 left for the final margin.

Burrow finished 20 of 31.

Bell essentially ended it with a pick of Teddy Bridgewater with 3:05 remaining on a pass intended for Mike Gesicki at the Cincinnati 9-yard line. Bell returned it 46 yards to set up the Bengals’ final touchdown.

Bell had an interception of Tagovailoa in the first half when the Dolphins starting quarterback underthrew Tyreek Hill, who finished with 10 catches for 160 yards.

Bell had only two career interceptions in 96 games before Thursday.

22 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Bengals knock off Dolphins 27-15

  1. When they had news about Tua at the end of the game. I just figured he was “cleared” and coming back for a game winning drive. Cause clearly football is more important than health (cough cough Thursday night games)…

  2. Tyreek Hills’ moves off the line of scrimmage are simply not guardable. Dude shifts back the other direction before the defender has even completed the thought process of going for the first fake he pulled.

  3. September 29, 2022 at 11:32 pm
    The zebras beat the dolphins. Neither looked terribly good
    _——–

    Huh? After Tua got hurt was there a single call that went the Bengals way? The answer is no.

  4. 2 things.

    Tua never should’ve been cleared to play. It makes you think that it’s surprising this didn’t happen when the put him back in the game last week.

    Does Bridgewater know there are other receivers than Tyreek Hill on the roster? Hill is great and all but it made the passing predictable and Hill wasn’t going to win the game by himself.

  5. Funny how everyone is referring to Miami as banged up but not a word about buffalo being banged up last week.

  6. Bengals looked like the better team. They are getting warmed up now which is scary for the rest of the league. Godspeed for Tua.

  7. Well that house of cards collapsed faster than expected. Luck was bound to run out after winning the 2 previous fluke games while being completely dominated.

    To be fair teddy actually outplayed Tua this game who was like 8/14 and a terribly underthrown int. He excels as the quick strike game but outside of that he really struggles.

    Interesting to hear the injury excuses for a loss after what transpired against the bills and ravens.

  8. Does this the Dolphins are no longer the AFC lock for the Superbowl, Per the overreactive sports media?

  9. The Phins were not banged up until Tua got hurt. Why make it a false narrative the better team won the game.

  10. springfield says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:32 pm
    The zebras beat the dolphins. Neither looked terribly good.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You don’t complain when the calls are in your favor though, right? As Aaron Rodgers once said about calls; “Imbalanced calls usually make themselves up within one game, very likely within three games, and certainly over the course of a season.” He’s right.

  11. billsfan716 says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:50 pm
    Funny how everyone is referring to Miami as banged up but not a word about buffalo being banged up last week.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So what. Injuries are the Big Equalizer in the NFL and every team has to deal with it. Any injury is bad luck for a team. Injuries to stars and other key players is very bad luck. It happens to every team, every year.

  12. springfield says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:32 pm
    The zebras beat the dolphins. Neither looked terribly good.

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    And the Fins had zero holding calls against the Bills. Can’t have it both ways Springfield.

  13. billsfan716 says:
    September 29, 2022 at 11:50 pm
    Funny how everyone is referring to Miami as banged up but not a word about buffalo being banged up last week.

    Their secondary being a mess due to injuries last week was often mentioned going into that game, and yet it was their offence that failed to score more than 17 points against the Dolphins.
    Understandable complaint if they lost a shootout, but they didn’t. They simply had lots of plays/yardage on offence but not enough scoring drives.
    That’s why they lost, not because so many of their defensive guys were hurt.

  14. I was surprised on the last Bengals drive that they realized you don’t have to run it up the middle every play from inside the 5.

    5 consecutive plays inside the 5 yard line for the Bengals were runs up the middle resulting in a FG (after the first 3) and finally a 3rd down pass which surprisingly scored a TD.

    The Bengals won but they played ultra conservative.

  15. Low scoring but interesting game, thru most of it.
    Tua injury was brutal to watch. Put him on IR, Dolphins.
    Teddy showed you who Teddy is. He can be a accurate then he just gets desperate or inaccurate. Props to Teddy for playing as well as he did once in.
    Amazon’s streaming was better this week.

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