Bengals’ victory overshadowed by injury to Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Miami Dolphins 27-15 Thursday night, but a head and neck injury suffered by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the second quarter was the story of the game at Paycor Stadium.


Thursday night’s game between the Bengals (2-2) and Dolphins wasn’t pretty, but Cincinnati ended up winning.

However, Cincinnati won’t complain about how it achieved the win. The Bengals opened the season with back-to-back losses. Like Week 4 of last season, Cincinnati ended with a tough home game on Thursday Night Football. And like last year, the Bengals did just enough to snag a much-needed win.

Describe the game in two words: feeling unwell during prime time. On a show night for the Bengals, Cincinnati was a little sluggish but was still in the mix to pick up another win at Thursday Night Football.

Sell ​​a breakout performance: Bengals running back Joe Mixon looked good early on on the team’s opening drive as he picked up steady yards and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season. But as the game progressed, Mixon’s production waned. Mixon needed 17 carries to hit 50 yards, which isn’t the efficiency Cincinnati’s coaching staff wants for his quick attack. In the fourth quarter, Mixon was stuffed at the Miami 1-yard line for third and goal.

QB Breakdown: Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow hasn’t had any of his better performances against Miami, and the proof is in the NFL Next Gen Stats. Without throwing behind the line of scrimmage, Burrow completed his first 10 passes from 10 or fewer air yards. On intermediate throws between 10 and 19 air yards, however, he missed his first five attempts. Burrow was able to pull through all the struggles with some deep passes that moved the offense, including a 59-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tee Higgins.

Worrying trend: Let’s talk about offense again. For the third time in four games, things were not looking good for Cincinnati. Fans at Paycor Stadium have booed the offense on a number of occasions. There were a few bright spots, but the lethargic display in the first three quarters will worry those hoping that the Week 3 win over the New York Jets means the offense has turned the corner. – Ben baby

Underestimated statistics to get to know: The Bengals have scored an opening drive touchdown for the second straight week. They had two inaugural TDs throughout last season.

Next game: at Ravens (8:20 p.m. ET, Oct. 9)


The Dolphins lost to the Bengals in their first prime-time game of the season, losing their title as the AFC’s last undefeated team in the process.

But none of it felt particularly important.

Not on a night when Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was immobilized and taken off the field on a gurney after suffering head and neck injuries that took him to the hospital. It was the second week in a row that Tagovailoa was forced out of a game after hitting his head on the ground, despite being expelled last week with a back injury.

The dolphins said Tagovailoa is conscious and has movements in his extremities at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. According to a report on the show, he should be released and travel back to Miami with the team.

QB Breakdown: While bracing for the possibility that Tagovailoa might not be available for Thursday’s game, coach Mike McDaniel said situations like this are the reason a veteran like Teddy Bridgewater is signed in the first place. At this point in his career, Bridgewater is more of a game master than someone who goes out and runs an offense. His highlight was a 64-yard pass to Tyreek Hill that put Miami deep in the red zone. He also threw a costly interception late in the fourth quarter.

breakout performance: Raheem Mostert confidently conquered the Dolphins backfield with 69 rushing yards and 15 carries. He’s looked like the team’s best defenseman for the past three weeks and has been rewarded with most of the workload by passing Chase Edmonds, who had five carries for 6 yards and two catches for 14 yards. Edmonds also dropped an early touchdown, cementing Mostert’s claim for the lead back role. Expect him to lead the way until he’s off the hot hand. – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Underestimated statistics to get to know: With a 64-yard reception in the third quarter, Tyreek Hill is already having as many 60-yard receptions this season (2) as he has in the last two seasons (one in 2020, one in 2021).

Next game: at Jets (1pm ET, Oct 9) Bengals’ victory overshadowed by injury to Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa

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