It wasn’t the way that most fans would have liked to see it go down, but the Miami Dolphins beat the Cincinnati Bengals 22-14 on Sunday behind the leg of Dan Carpenter. This game will likely be a feather in the hat of the fans on the Fire-Dan-Henning bandwagon, but once again the storyline of the day is that the Dolphins could not get out of their own way in the redzone and settled for four field goals (one was a late-2nd quarter drive, we won’t count that one).
Despite a couple of bad drives and a tipped pass that resulted in a touchdown for Terrell Owens, the defense looked stout today. Vontae Davis shut down Chad Ochocinco. Karlos Dansby was highly active. Cameron Wake was pressuring Carson Palmer all day and Sean Smith picked up his first career interception in dramatic fashion to seal the game for the Dolphins, who move to 4-3 on the season.
Offensively though fans can’t be happy. The Dolphins moved the ball well all day until they reached their own redzone when they clammed up and seemingly played just for the points. Thankfully Dan Carpenter is an elite NFL kicker, or else Miami would have had nothing to show for several drives. The Wildcat also made an unremarkable return. For the all the quality components on this offense, it’s amazing it can’t score more.
We’ll have commentary and a full break-down upcoming. But for now the Dolphins still have a playoff pulse as they prepare for the Bengals’ divisional rival, the Baltimore Ravens next weekend.