Dolphins Pull Out Win Against Bengals Despite Abysmal Officiating
If not for some stout defensive play by the Dolphins defense, we'd probably be insulting the officiating crews' mothers after several questionable calls went against the Dolphins. The refs botched a fumble called as recovered by the Bengals after the ball inadvertently brushed Reshad Jones during a Dolphins punt return (despite being bobbled as the Bengals player slid out of bounds), another Bengals punt that should have been called a touchback that was downed at the two (though the Bengals player's foot appeared to be touching the goal line, thus a touchback) and an apparent A.J. Green fumble caused by Cam Wake, who dislodged the ball, put it gently aside, and then mauled Green like a delicious steamed pork gyoza.
Those were just three of the complete garbage calls making every Dolfan wonder if we could possibly bring the replacement refs back.
-- Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill has been improving with each game under center, notching his best passer rating (92.0) and racking up 223 yards on 17-for-23 completions. Tannehill made some big-time throws throughout the game and threw no interceptions -- just stellar stuff from the kid. His game has grown from week-to-week and slowly the Dolphins passing game is becoming less and less cringe-worthy with each RT17 dropback.
-- As good as Tannehill was, the defense was even better. For much of the game, the Fins defense held A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and the rest of the Bengals offense to six points until an early fourth quarter Dalton-to-Green two-yard TD over CB Sean Smith. Other than that, the Dolphins held the Bengals to 298 yards and the NFL's No. 1-ranked run defense contained the Bengals to 80 yards on the ground. Particularly impressive on defense were Randy Starks (who had an interception and was consistently disruptive along the D-line) and Reshad Jones (who recovered from his earlier punt team miscue with some aggressive decision making and a game-sealing interception).