The Cincinnati Bengals fell to 3-2 in a close game with the Miami Dolphins today. The game was led by defenses on both sides, while the offenses both struggled to move the ball consistently. This was certainly not one of the better games for the Bengals offense, and quarterback Andy Dalton in particular. In the end, though, they had chances, but were unable to pull off a comeback, losing by a score of 17-13.
The Bengals started off the scoring with two first quarter field goals from Mike Nugent, but stalled after that. The Dolphins were able to put together a TD drive in the second quarter, capped by a Daniel Thomas touchdown run.
After halftime, Miami again scored a TD, this time finished off with a Reggie Bush run. The Bengals offense continued to be ineffective, and a Miami FG made it 17-6 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Cincinnati offense came to life, and they drove down the field, scoring on a AJ Green TD catch on a jump ball. The Bengals defense got the ball back, and they moved into scoring range, but on a 4th down and short, Marvin Lewis elected to attempt a FG, rather than try to keep driving, and Nugent missed it. Miami was able to use up some time, but the Bengals did get one last chance on offense, but Dalton threw his 2nd interception of the day, ending the game.