Oct 7, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) intercepts a pass n the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Dolphins Finish With A Total Team Victory In Cincinnati 17-13


Through adversity in the recent weeks of the 2012 season, the Miami Dolphins could never overcome barriers when it mattered, but today Joe Philbin and company successfully leave with a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals 17-13.

Prior to the game, the Dolphins secondary knew they had to lock down elite wide receiver A.J. Green, and they sure did. In result, they secured the real estate and gave the second-year player nothing to play with after safety Reshad Jones picked off second-year quarterback Andy Dalton with roughly a minute left in the game.

The story of the game was essentially the defense. Early in the battle, the Miami Dolphins coughed up some heavy turnovers. In acknowledging their situation sitting at 1-3, the need for victory became relevant within the defense holding the Bengals to two field goals.

Once again, big defensive end  Cameron Wake showed flashes of brilliance from not allowing BenJarvus Green-Ellis to get through the blocks to forcing Dalton in the backfield. Wake contributed 1.5 sacks in the victory.

After a extraordinary week out of Brian Hartline, there was a sense the Bengals would focus more on him. The former Buckeye recorded only four receptions for 59 yards.

With no true production from the offensive side of the ball, rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill had to take care of the ball. Through the game, he displayed poise and composure in the pocket behind his linemen. Subsequently, not giving up the ball.

A key aspect in the game was keeping the drive alive, whether it was offensive holding or an illegal formation. The Miami took those yards accountable and created productivity.

The Miami Dolphins did not let the consecutive overtime losses affect them. Instead, Joe Philbin’s team rose to the occasion on Sunday. Let’s see what they have in stored against the St. Louis Rams at home next week before the bye week.

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  • Miami Jules

    YEEEEEY!!!!!!! We WON!!!! OK… enough of all that yelling. We won, dispite the fact that in late in the 4th, our next chance to put together a drive, started from deep on our side of the field… again. This time though, Miami stuck with the bread and better quick outs to Bess or Hartline and did not go 3 and out. The offence gave the defence a break and chance to rest, by getting first downs instead of trying to win the game in one play by going for Hail Marys all the way from the 3 yard line, like they’ve done in games past.
    The bread and butter baby, the run, the quick outs and conservative plays like that, which allow us to controll the game throught the 1st 3 and a half quarters, are the ones we needed to stay with, especially in the 4th with a small lead and starting from deep in our own field and this week we did, got 1st downs and we won. It’s all about first downs in the 4th and scoring or giving the defence a chance to rest, unless we’re trailing and have no time outs when we have no other choice but to go for 3 Hail Marys.

    • Miami Jules

      Corrections to my comment: The drive I was referring to, with 3 minutes left, started from our 20 yard line not the 3. We never went to Bess, we went to Clay instead and the 1st down came by penalty, but the idea reamins unchanged because the short passes to Hartline would’ve been caught by him if not for the interference which led to the penalty and we did go with the run on 1st down (too bad Reggie was having a case of hessitant happy feet because he is mostly effective when he hits the hole/line at full speed)

      • Mark Loiselle

        We officially have the best slot receivers in the league due to Tannehill’s mindset of going short. I love what I am seeing out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alfonso.rivas.52 Alfonso Rivas

    Nice win, some advice do not underestimate the Rams like arizona, seattle and washington did. This is not the same Ram team of the past. Although not a great offense defense is one of the best in the league.