Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Things Learned From Week 5 Win Over Miami

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Miami Dolphins, 27-17. The Bengals are now 4-1 on the year. Cincinnati trailed 17-0 at one point before scoring 27 unanswered. The Bengals defense scored twice in the fourth quarter.

Andy Dalton finished 20/30 for 248 yards with one touchdown. Geno Atkins notched two sacks.

For Miami, Kenyan Drake finished with 115 yards of offense and one score.

The Bengals host their division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, next week.

THREE THINGS LEARNED FROM WEEK FOUR WIN

SPECIAL TEAMS DISASTER

The Cincinnati Bengals special teams are usually a strength of the team. In this game, especially the first half, it was an unmitigated disaster. Randy Bullock had a field goal blocked. Jakeem Grant returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown at the end of the half. For the Bengals sake, they need to hope this is an aberration.

TALE OF TWO HALVES

Midway thru the third quarter and the Cincinnati Bengals trailed 17-0. After that, the lights finally came on. The Bengals defense ran wild from that point forward. Michael Johnson and Sam Hubbard both had defensive TDs come off of fortuitous bounces. That, coupled with Joe Mixon’s running (see below), was the catalyst for the Bengals win.

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MIXON TAKEOVER

Miami did a tremendous job of bottling up the Cincinnati Bengals run game in the first half. Mixon decided he was tired of that and took over in the second half. Mixon finished with 93 yards rushing and 22 yards receiving. He also made a tremendous adjustment on a pass by Andy Dalton for a TD in the fourth quarter.

QUICK NOTES

A.J. Green, with 112 yards, surpassed Chad Johnson for the most 100+ yard receiving games in Cincinnati history. It was Green’s 32nd time surpassing the century mark.

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