By game’s end, Dalton had turned the ball over four times – three through the air in the form of interceptions by cornerbacks
That was a sign of things to come, with Grimes seemingly breaking the game open in the third quarter when he jumped the route run by Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, picked off the pass at his own 6 and sped the other way 94 yards for his first career touchdown. It was his biggest play for Miami since intercepting an Andrew Luck pass in the end zone late in a 24-20 win in Week 2 and his defensive teammates were thrilled to see the entire unit pick up its level of play.
“The turnovers, that was our main thing was getting turnovers and try to stop their offense,” said defensive tackle
Head Coach Joe Philbin definitely appreciated the play of the defense and specifically the turnovers that were created. Miami finished with a plus-3 turnover ratio and of course converted one of them into seven points in a game where every point mattered.
After seeing opposing defenses come up with those plays against his offense in recent weeks during the four-game losing streak, Philbin was more than happy to see it go the other way.
“Takeaways are a huge part of what we do on defense,” Philbin said. “As I tell the players all the time, the things that you invest your time in on the practice field have to show up on the game tape. Today, it was great to see that we took the ball away and I believe we only had one on offense, that one fumble. But that was positive.”
Miami now has 11 interceptions through eight games, one more than the defense recorded all of last season in 16 games.
As many twists and turns as this game had, there can only be one defining moment and that clearly was Wake’s sack for a safety on Dalton. It was after midnight and everyone’s legs were tired – except Wake’s on that third-and-10 when he stunted inside and took advantage of the push created by defensive tackle
Of course the celebration was delayed by a replay review to confirm that it indeed was a safety and that the ball wasn’t down at the 1. It didn’t take the referee long to declare the game over, as well as Miami’s four-game losing streak and Cincinnati’s four-game winning streak.
Grimes’ 94-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter was not only the first of his career but it also was the fourth longest in team history behind Louis Oliver’s 103-yarder at Buffalo on October 4th, 1992, Brock Marion’s 100-yarder against Buffalo on January 6th, 2002 and Dick Anderson’s 95-yarder at Boston on November 24th, 1968. … Wake’s second sack of Dalton in the second quarter gave him 11 multi-sack games in his career and two this season. … Ellerbe’s interception was the second of his career in the regular season. … Patterson’s fourth interception of the season tied his career high for a single season set back in 2010 when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. … Running back
The Dolphins travel upstate to Tampa in 10 days to take on the Buccaneers on Monday Night Football on November 11th.