Other than two field goals by Mike Nugent, and a Dolphin’s touchdown, not much could be bragged about by either offense in the first half, as the teams relied on gritty defensive play to force a number of punts. Then, to the dismay of the Bengals defensive-line, Reggie Bush seemed to find his legs, pushing ahead on several solid runs. The most damaging of those occurred on a 13 yard plunge into the end zone for a 14-6 Dolphins lead. That came after Randy Starks intercepted a bullet from the Red Rifle (See what I did there?). And although that lead was pushed to 17-6, Andy Dalton roused his offense to the call of a 64 yard touchdown drive that ended with a jump ball that A.J. Green snagged early in the fourth quarter. It was the first drive that saw Green get a little separation off of Sean Smith, who had limited him to just 26 yards on four catches in the first half. But alas, all good things must come to an end.
The Bengals defense was able to create two turnovers and held the Dolphins rush attack in check for much of the game, but Tannehill’s timely passes and a stout defensive effort blocked the Bengals from starting the season 4-1. However, Bengals fans need not worry for too long. It’s amazing what a game against the Browns can do for you.