Behind yet another strong performance by the defense and some timely throws by rookie quarterback
“I think it was a great team win today and I thought all three of our components, offense, defense and special teams contributed to the victory,” Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “This is a very good Cincinnati team, a very well-coached team and a hot team obviously with three wins in a row. I’m real proud of the way our guys hung tough and hung together. We talked about it all week long that we had to display a lot of resiliency and I think they did.”
Cincinnati managed to break one long run against the league’s top run defense, a 29-yarder by Bernard Scott late in the first quarter that helped the offense get inside the red zone. But the defense stiffened, just as it did following a muffed punt earlier in the quarter, and held the Bengals to a field goal.
Tannehill engineered a nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive late in the second quarter that was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run from running back
Four plays into the third quarter, defensive tackle
“It was just a hurry-up play and I actually saw they were a little gassed because we had just hit them with a 28-yard pass to
One week after throwing for a rookie franchise-record 431 yards, Tannehill went 17-of-26 for 223 yards and a career-high 92.3 passer rating. His 28-yard pass to Bess and then a 30-yarder to
Those are the types of plays the athletic quarterback likes to make and these pressure-filled games are the type he considers fun because the adrenaline is going and the importance of each play heightens. Tannehill credited everyone on the offense for allowing him to make those throws on the run.
“Initially they did a good job of covering us down the field,” Tannehill said. “The offensive line did a great job of creating a pocket and allowing me to step up underneath the edge rushers and the receivers did a good job of extending the play. Hartline got downfield one time for me and Bess broke off his route and I think whenever they see me move they’re able to extend plays and it can really put pressure on the defense making them cover for four seconds instead of the normal two.”
Hartline was able to leave the field in his home state with a smile and he continues to be impressed with the plays being made by Tannehill considering he is a rookie.
“Those plays are huge and we’re going to keep growing,” he said. “That’s what this league is about, making plays off schedule. Davone had one good today as I did and that’s what we’re there for. We’re here to bail him out, he bails us out and it’s a give and take.”
Another example of just how much of a team win this was, Miami’s secondary also came up big against the potent threat of Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green. Cornerback
“It starts up front,” Smith said. “We had some blitzes dialed up front and we put pressure on him all day. The guy was escaping death plenty of times outside of the pocket but by the time that happened his read progression minimized.”