CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Miami Dolphins 27-15 on Thursday evening, however a head and neck harm suffered by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa within the second quarter was the story of the sport at Paycor Stadium.
Thursday evening’s recreation between the Bengals (2-2) and Dolphins wasn’t fairly however Cincinnati was in a position to intestine out a victory ultimately.
Cincinnati will not be complaining about the way it obtained the win, nevertheless. The Bengals opened the season with back-to-back losses. Like in Week 4 final season, Cincinnati ended up with a troublesome recreation on its arms, at house, on Thursday Night time Soccer. And like final yr, the Bengals did simply sufficient to tug out a much-needed win.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Prime-time malaise. On a showcase evening for the Bengals, Cincinnati was a bit sluggish however had been nonetheless within the combine to tug out one other win on Thursday Night time Soccer.
Promote a breakout efficiency: Bengals working again Joe Mixon appeared good early on the crew’s opening drive when he picked up regular chunks of yards and scored his first dashing landing of the season. However over the course of the sport, Mixon’s manufacturing trailed off. It took 17 carries for Mixon to hit 50 yards, which is not the effectivity Cincinnati’s teaching workers desires for its dashing assault. Within the fourth quarter, Mixon was stuffed on third-and-goal at Miami’s 1-yard line.
QB breakdown: Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow did not have one in every of his higher showings towards Miami and the proof is within the NFL Subsequent Gen Stats. Excluding throws behind the road of scrimmage, Burrow accomplished his first 10 passes of 10 or fewer air yards. On intermediate throws between 10 and 19 air yards, nevertheless, he missed on his first 5 makes an attempt. Burrow was in a position to overcome any struggles with some deep passes that moved the offense, together with a 59-yard landing go to large receiver Tee Higgins.
Troubling pattern: Nicely, let’s speak concerning the offense once more. For the third time in 4 video games, issues did not look nice for Cincinnati. Followers inside Paycor Stadium booed the offense on a few completely different events. There have been a few brilliant spots, however the torpid displaying for the primary three quarters shall be disconcerting for these hoping the Week 3 win towards the New York Jets meant the offense was turning the nook. — Ben Child
Underrated statistic to know: The Bengals have scored a gap drive landing for the second straight week. They’d two opening-drive TDs all of final season.
Subsequent recreation: at Ravens (8:20 p.m. ET, Oct. 9)
The Dolphins misplaced to the Bengals of their first prime-time recreation of the season, shedding their title because the AFC’s final unbeaten crew within the course of.
However none of that felt notably necessary.
Not on an evening when Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was immobilized and brought off the sector on a stretcher after struggling head and neck accidents that despatched him to the hospital. It marked the second straight week Tagovailoa was compelled out of a recreation after hitting his head on the bottom, though he was designated with a again harm final week.
The Dolphins mentioned Tagovailoa was aware and had motion in his extremities on the College of Cincinnati Medical Heart. In line with a report from the printed, he was anticipated to be launched and journey again to Miami with the crew.
QB breakdown: Whereas making ready for the opportunity of Tagovailoa not being obtainable for Thursday’s recreation, coach Mike McDaniel mentioned conditions like these are why you signal a veteran like Teddy Bridgewater within the first place. At this stage of his profession, Bridgewater is extra of a game-manager than somebody who will exit and drive an offense. His spotlight was a 64-yard go to Tyreek Hill that put Miami deep within the pink zone. He additionally threw a expensive interception late within the fourth quarter.
Breakout efficiency: Raheem Mostert took a commanding grasp on the Dolphins’ backfield with 69 dashing yards on 15 carries. He is appeared just like the crew’s greatest again for the previous three weeks and was rewarded with the first share of the workload, out-touching Chase Edmonds who had 5 carries for six yards and two catches for 14 yards. Edmonds additionally dropped an early landing, strengthening Mostert’s declare to the lead-back function. Anticipate him to prepared the ground transferring ahead till he now not has the new hand. — Marcel Louis-Jacques
Underrated statistic to know: With a 64-yard reception within the thrid quarter, Tyreek Hill already has as many 60-yard receptions this season (2) as he did over the previous two seasons (one in 2020, one in 2021).
Subsequent recreation: at Jets (1 p.m. ET, Oct. 9)