The Dolphins last week had a shot to right the wrongs of a second-straight overtime game – and failed.
Sunday against the Bengals in Cincinnati, they were not going to allow it to happen again. Consider it mission accomplished, as the Dolphins won in the Queen City topping the Bengals 17-13.
Reshad Jones made sure the Bengals were not in the comeback mood, as the Dolphins DB put the game away in the final minute with an interception of Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
Jones picked off Dalton’s overthrown at midfield with 1:22 left, saving the four-point win.
The Dolphins are now 2-3 on the season, and did with a defense that stooped the high powered Bengals, who scored just one touchdown on the day.
Things seemed to be heading in the right direction for the Dolphins when Bengals kicker Mike Nugent was wide right on a 42-yard field goal try with 3 minutes left, his first miss of the season.
The miss gave the Dolphins a chance to run down the clock behind rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Bengals got the ball back at their 20 following a punt with 1:45 to go, but Dalton’s second interception sealed it. Dalton was only 26 of 43 for 234 yards with three sacks and two interceptions against the league’s toughest run defense.
Tannehill last week threw for 431 yards in a 24-21 overtime loss at Arizona, and against the Bengals finished 17 of 26 for 223 yards without an interception.
The rookie had a fumble and an interception that helped Arizona rally to take the game to overtime and win it a week earlier. No miscues this time.
Tannehill completed passes of 15, 24 and 13 yards in a drive that led to Daniel Thomas‘ 1-yard touchdown run that put the Dolphins ahead to stay 7-6 late in the first half.
From there, the Dolphins played like a team that is learning to win, and one that right now seems to be playing a lot better than many felt five weeks into the 2012 season.