Starks Frustrates Bengals Offense In Big Win

Posted Oct 7, 2012

Veteran defensive tackle helped stymie Bengals offense.

CINCINNATI – Last week it was defensive end Cameron Wake disrupting the quarterback with his furious pass rush, and while he continued that today, defensive tackle Randy Starks was the driving force up front in the Miami Dolphins’ 17-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals that improved their record to 2-3..

Starks teamed up with defensive tackle Paul Soliai to blow up the middle of Cincinnati’s offensive line early in the game. He notched a half a sack in the first half and got his hands in the face of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton all afternoon.

Starks’ hard work and perseverance paid off early in the second half when he timed his leap perfectly to snatch a Dalton pass out of the air and hang on for the interception. He ran it back five yards to the Bengals’ 36 and then watched his offense cash in three plays later on running back Reggie Bush’s 13-yard touchdown run.

Later on in the half, he got up again and tipped a pass away at the line and then stuffed the middle whenever the Bengals tried to run the ball. He now has 3.5 sacks on the season and four career interceptions.

The play of Starks and the entire defensive line helped slow down a potent Bengals offense and hold them to just one touchdown and two field goals, keeping them out of the end zone in the first half. Miami’s defense continues to solidify itself as one of the toughest units in the entire National Football League and Starks is a key reason.

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