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.