Cincinnati Bengals Win in Primetime 22-7 Over Dolphins

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Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) lines up again Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine (61) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) lines up again Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine (61) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 22-7. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cincinnati Bengals pull off a huge home win against the Miami Dolphins 22-7 on Thursday Night Football.

The Cincinnati Bengals not only found a way to win, but they dominated all but one play against the Miami Dolphins. This was a game that Cincinnati needed to keep themselves in the conversation for the AFC North past Week 4.

Andy Dalton and A.J. Green led this offense. Dalton threw 31 passes for 22 completion gaining 296 yards and one touchdown. Green caught 10 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown reception. It was what Bengals fans were looking for when the season started. Dalton was only sacked one time, although he was pressured a few times and had a few missed snaps.

The run game, however, was not spectacular but did enough to keep the passing game balanced and the Dolphins defense off balance.  Jeremy Hill rushed for 71 yards on 21 carries. Giovani Bernard rushed 10 times for 18 yards but also caught three passes for 24 yards. It wasn’t spectacular but was enough.

The defense played the game that most fans thought they should be from the beginning. The defense recorded five sacks, nine QB hits, one interception, and seven pass deflections. Outside of the breakdown in the first quarter on the Dolphins first drive, Cincy had their best defensive game of the young season.

The defense still had a couple breakdowns against the run but was much better in week four. The presence of Vontaze Burfict was a huge difference maker. He recorded 3 total tackles and one pass deflection but was in on many other plays.

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The Bengals will now look forward to Dallas Cowboys in Dallas at AT&T Stadium. If they can continue to carry the momentum into week five, they could get to 3-2 before heading to New England against the Patriots in week six.

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