Posted: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
By James Dator
It took until overtime for the Miami Dolphins to save themselves from another collapse, as they eked out a 22-20 win by sacking Bengal's quarterback Andy Dalton for a game-ending safety. The Cincinnati Bengals out-gained Miami by over 150 yards in the second half, but they were unable to tip the scales due to a series of Andy Dalton turnovers.
Criticism of Miami's offensive play-calling and inability to adjust will remain at the forefront following a near collapse that saw the Dolphins lead by two touchdowns before allowing the Bengals to surge back. Lamar Miller ran the ball well in the first half, and an opportunistic defense forced four turnovers, but it almost wasn't enough to counteract a sputtering offense and dead drives by both teams in overtime.
The Cincinnati Bengals turned to rookie running back Giovani Bernard on a night Dalton struggled with ball placement. He finished with Bernard finished with 79 yards rushing, including an impressive looping touchdown run that helped lead the comeback.
Miami's offensive woes continued as guard Richie Incognito left Thursday night's game with a neck injury and did not return.
The Bengals defense was ravaged by injuries as Geno Atkins left with a knee injury and was unable to finish the game. Mike Silver reports that Atkins has a torn ACL. The lineman was joined by outside linebacker James Harrison, who injured his hand.
Giovani Bernard played an excellent game, but was forced out in the fourth quarter with a rib injury.
A.J. Green has a fantastic game, especially in PPR leagues. He finished with 11 catches for 128 yards.
Andy Dalton was a fantasy dud, turning the ball over four times while failing to throw for a touchdown.
The Cincinnati Bengals were three point favorites, according to OddsShark. Their loss means they failed to cover.
11/10: Cincinnati vs. Baltimore
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