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Bengals’ victory overshadowed by injuries to Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa


CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals beat the Miami Dolphins 27:15 Thursday night, but Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained head and neck injuries in the second quarter that became game history at Peycore Stadium.

Cincinnati Bengals

Thursday night’s game between the Bengals (2-2) and the Dolphins wasn’t pretty, but Cincinnati eventually pulled out the win.

However, Cincinnati won’t complain about how he got the win. The Bengals opened the season with consecutive losses. As in week four last season, Cincinnati got into a tough game at home on Thursday Night Football. And just like last year, the Bengals did just enough to get a much-needed win.

Describe the game in two words: Prime time sickness. On the show night for the Bengals, Cincinnati was a bit lethargic but was still able to snatch another Thursday Night Football win.

Sell ​​breakthrough performance: Bengals running back Joe Mixon looked good at the start of the team’s first drive as he gained consistent chunks of yards and hit his first rushing touchdown of the season. But as the game progressed, Mixon’s performance faded. It took Mixon 17 carries to hit 50 yards, which isn’t the efficiency the Cincinnati coaching staff want for their rushing offense. In the fourth quarter, Mixon scored the third goal at Miami’s 1-yard line.

QB breakdown: Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow didn’t put in any of his best performances against Miami, and NFL’s Next Gen Stats are proof of that. With the exception of throws over the line of scrimmage, Burrow completed his first 10 passes for 10 air yards or less. However, on intermediate throws between 10 and 19 yards, he missed his first five attempts. Burrow was able to overcome any difficulty with several deep passes that moved the offense, including a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins.

Worrying trend: Well, let’s talk about offense again. For the third time in four games, things didn’t go well for Cincinnati. Fans at the Paycor stadium booed this crime several times. There were a few highlights, but the sluggish results of the first three quarters will confuse those who hoped a Week 3 victory over the New York Jets meant the offense had turned the corner. — Ben Baby

Underestimated stats to know: The Bengals scored a touchdown early in the game for the second week in a row. They had two open TDs all last season.

Next game: at Ravens (8:20 pm ET, October 9th)

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins (3-1) lost to the Bengals in their first prime time game of the season, losing the title of the last undefeated AFC team in the process.

But none of this seemed particularly important.

Not the night Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was immobilized and taken off the field on a stretcher after head and neck injuries sent him to the hospital. It was the second week in a row that Tagovailoa was forced out of a game after hitting his head on the ground, although he suffered a back injury last week.

The dolphins said Tagovailoa was conscious and had movement in his limbs at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. According to the broadcast report, he was supposed to be released and return to Miami with the team.

QB breakdown: Preparing for the possibility of Tagovailoa not being available to play on Thursday, coach Mike McDaniel said it’s situations like this that you sign a veteran like Teddy Bridgewater. At this point in his career, Bridgewater looks more like a game manager than someone who will go on offense. His highlight was a 64-yard pass to Tyreke Hill that put Miami deep in the red. He also made a costly interception late in the fourth quarter.

Revolutionary Performance: Raheem Mostert took command of the Dolphins’ backfield with 69 yards on 15 carries. He has looked like the team’s top defenseman over the past three weeks and was rewarded with the bulk of the workload by beating Chase Edmonds, who had five carries for 6 yards and two receptions for 14 yards. Edmonds also forfeited an early touchdown, solidifying Mostert’s claim to be the lead player. Expect him to pave the way forward until he no longer has a hot hand. –Marcel Louis-Jacques

Underestimated stats to know: With 64-yard receptions in the third quarter, Tyreke Hill already has as many 60-yard receptions this season (2) as it has in the past two seasons (one in 2020, one in 2021).

Next game: at Jets (13:00 ET, October 9)

Source: www.espn.com