Takeaways From The Cincinnati Bengals Win Over The Miami Dolphins

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Takeaways From The Cincinnati Bengals Win Over The Miami Dolphins

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Takeaways From The Cincinnati Bengals Win Over The Miami Dolphins

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The Cincinnati Bengals had a huge win over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Defeating the 3-0 Dolphins may have been overshadowed by the injury Tua Tagovailoa suffered, but nonetheless, the Bengals are now 2-2. There were some ups and downs throughout the game, but the biggest key to the game was the defense.

Offense

The Bengals’ offense started out strong on their first drive with a Joe Mixon rushing touchdown. But after punting, a turnover on downs, and another punt, the Bengals wouldn’t find the end zone until four minutes left in the second quarter. What can be seen as the negative of the game was the run game. Mixon only had 61 rushing yards on 24 carries, and the play calling would consist of runs that would hardly gain any yardage. The run game was extremely static, but the pass game would eventually start to get into a groove in the second half. Joe Burrow threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and was only sacked once. Earlier in the week I said, “Joe Burrow being sacked less than three times would be the key to beating the Dolphins”. Burrow had a lot more time in the pocket on Thursday night, which led to better reads, and better throws. Tee Higgins once again was extraordinary this week, having 124 receiving yards on seven receptions, with one touchdown. His one touchdown came off a 59-yard pass, in which Higgins was able to beat Xavien Howard. Although the play calling was not impressive, the offense still rallied late to close out the game thanks to the defense.

 

Defense

The Cincinnati Bengals defense has been lights out for the past two weeks. Having allowed a total of 27 points in two games. What is more impressive is the turnover count. Against the Dolphins, Vonn Bell had two interceptions. Now, the pass rush may not have been as dominant as when the Bengals played the New York Jets, but they were still able to put pressure on both Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater to force mistakes. The defense really doesn’t get enough credit for how much they have kept the Bengals in close games, and they are the reason for not getting blown out in the first two weeks when the offense was really struggling. With D.J. Reader out, guys like Josh Tupou, Zach Carter, and Joseph Ossai were able to step up and bring pressure. The defense will truly have to step up when the Bengals face the Baltimore Ravens, especially since Lamar Jackson looks to be in MVP form again. 

 

Onto The Next Week

In nine days, the Bengals will face the Ravens on Sunday Night football at Baltimore. Last season, the Bengals dominated the Ravens, but they look like a whole new team on both sides of the ball. It will be an interesting matchup to see who shows up. If Zac Taylor can trust Joe Burrow to throw a lot against a defense that might not blitz often anymore, then the Bengals have a better chance at winning than with their run game. As long as the Bengals can lock down Lamar Jackson like they did last season, then the Bengals are primed to win on Sunday Night Football.

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