No one likes to see their team lose, especially not the way the Cincinnati Bengals did on Sunday afternoon against a 1-3 Miami Dolphins team. Every report said it, leading up to the game last week; The Dolphins record was deceiving. They played tough, tight games, with two that ended in overtime. So it should be no surprise the way they played the Bengals in The Jungle. What is surprising though is the way the Bengals played them.
Coming off of three straight high scoring victories, Bengals fans expected explosive plays from their playmakers. Instead, what they got were explosions that seemed to blow up in the team’s face. Individual efforts were not there and together the offense could not get anything going. Andy Dalton was able to throw for 218 yards and 1 touchdown, but he was sacked 3 times and threw 2 interceptions. The last interception ended a possible game winning drive for the Bengals offense and gave Miami a new record of 2-3. A.J. Green, the Bengals stud receiver, only mustered up 65 yards receiving and 1 touchdown after going back to back weeks of 100+ yard outings.
He also put the ball on the ground two times. The first incident was recorded as a fumble, but the young receiver was able to retain possession of the ball before falling to the ground with it. Then there was a second drop that was not recorded in the game log. Green went up for a pass near the sideline but dropped it as he was tackled and landed back on the ball, not causing a stir. This is uncharacteristic of A.J., but something that does cause concern going forward. Ball security is a must when going for the tough yards. The offense could not seem to convert on third down either. They were 2-14 and that ultimately cost them the game.