By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
Bengals 27 – Dolphins 17
As the Miami Dolphins rolled into Cincinnati, hopes were high that they would bounce back after that horrible showing in New England.
The first couple series showed the Dolphins offense poised and ready to take control. Building a 17 point lead by half-time had Dolphins fans rejoicing. Then, as most fans will tell you, came the most frustrating thing about football…a momentum swing.
Going into the third quarter the Dolphins offense seemed to completely fall apart. Protection disappeared. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made some very questionable decisions while under heavy pressure. Turnovers, penalties, and mostly momentum had clearly swung the Bengals way.
QB Andy Dalton came out firing and quickly the Bengals seized the game, handing the Dolphins their second straight loss of the season. It left fans stunned and searching for answers.
A key moment of the game, according to many fans on several social sites, was how the game changed in the 3rd quarter. The Dolphins, facing a short 3rd and 1, called a long ball to wide receiver Kenny Stills who was matched up one on one. Pressure threw off timing and the ball fell incomplete. To many fans that started the snowball effect, bringing some to start questioning head coach Adam Gase’s play calling.
According to Gase, the wheels starting coming off after Miami lost All Pro tackle Laremy Tunsil to concussion protocol. The Bengals defense took full advantage of back up tackle Sam Young, who struggled on every play, just adding misery to an already beat up offensive line.
“Every loss hurts.’’ Gase said Monday. “When you put 110 hours into a week and then you get kicked in the nuts like that, it pisses you off.” As far as getting back on track, “This isn’t like a 9-to-5 (job). We have a lot of people putting a lot of work into this stuff. You’re going to be mad today and tomorrow. When Wednesday comes, you have to forget about it and move on to the next one.”
Which brings us to the red hot Chicago Bears, which involves linebacker Khalil Mack going up against an offensive line that looks like a mash unit. Said Gase, “You’re not going to slow him down, so …’’
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