The Bengals easily beat the Dolphins to the tune of a 22-7 victory, though, the score could have been much higher for Cincinnati, had the team converted their redzone opportunities. Instead, Mike Nugent had quite the night, going five-for-five, including a 47-yard field goal.
Jeremy Hill had 71 yards on the ground while Giovani Bernard added 18 more. Andy Dalton threw for 296 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Green had quite a night, recording 173 yards; he was the recipient of Dalton's touchdown. There was a point in the game where Green had more yards than every Dolphins pass catcher combined. And, you may be surprised to know C.J. Uzomah was the second leading receiver with 45 yards on four catches.
But, not everyone is sold on the Bengals after Thursday’s primetime win, and while nearly the entire national media jumps to point out when the Bengals lose in primetime, no one seems to be mentioning that they won on Thursday in primetime (except us)... I got on that fast.
Here’s a rundown of more of the social media reaction and comments following the Bengals Thursday night primetime win over the Miami Dolphins.
Faulk: "You cannot run the ball 37 times for 77 yards. That's 2.1/carry. You're not going to beat anybody with that." #Bengals— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) September 30, 2016
We should have pitched the shut out but we'll take the W. #WhoDey— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 30, 2016
Rey Maualuga’s new dreadlock-free haircut!!
Maualuga and Burfict giving a ton of credit to Paul Guenther for getting them ready on a short week— Elise Jesse (@Elise_JesseWLWT) September 30, 2016
Encouraging performance by the D. Not a masterpiece of a win. But still deserving of a celebratory beverage, no?— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) September 30, 2016
Whitworth: We got out of this month w/o being in the negative, but the reality is we're nowhere close to where we need to be. #Bengals— Kaci Kust (@KaciKustCN2) September 30, 2016
Top-graded Bengals offensive players— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 30, 2016
WR A.J. Green 89
LT Andrew Whitworth 80.2
QB Andy Dalton 79.6
C Russell Bodine 75.6#TNF
Highest graded Bengals defenders:— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 30, 2016
DE Carlos Dunlap 89
DT Geno Atkins 86.1
LB Vincent Rey 85.3
DT Domata Peko 79.1#TNF
Oh, almost forgot.— #CantStopAJ (@HoweNFL) September 30, 2016
Bengals won another prime time game. But yeah, they still can't win games on national TV.
Final: #Bengals 22, Dolphins 7. Not sure how many teams Bengals beat playing like that, but easily beat beleaguered Dolphins.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) September 30, 2016
AJ beat himself up all week over that drop on Sun. Said he had to play better.— Kaci Kust (@KaciKustCN2) September 30, 2016
10 catches, 173 yards & a TD. I'd say that's better #Bengals
Defensive line's play tonight almost makes you forget that awful 74-yard TD #Bengals have up.— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) September 30, 2016
Remember the episode in The Walking Dead when Rick kills all the zombies? This game reminds me of that episode. #whodey— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 30, 2016
Well...a must win....in primetime..not nearly as close as score indicates....but not exactly feeling was hoping for coming out of this. You?— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 30, 2016
Bengals back in action next Sunday in Dallas. More than likely see the return of Eifert.— Lindsay Patterson (@LndsPatterson) September 30, 2016
And NFL Network will indeed show one more Tannehill led Dolphins possession tonight. You're welcome, America.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 30, 2016
Bengals cruise to victory on Thursday night.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 30, 2016
Cincinnati picks up its 2nd win of the season behind A.J. Green's big game. pic.twitter.com/7zvBntNdr9
Too much sauce.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 30, 2016
Bengals move to 2-2 on the season. pic.twitter.com/40YXaL1Yi2
I remain a Bengals skeptic after that performance. Still weak in redzone. Don't finish drives. I believe they're in a downturn— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 30, 2016
You can tell the Bengals are really missing Tyler Eifert. Mostly in the red zone— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 30, 2016
W for the good guys!! Out there swaggin in los blancos! #WhoDey— Ryan Hewitt (@Huey_85) September 30, 2016
AJ Green juggling some oranges for the NFL Network crew pic.twitter.com/TOsfg6kw4H— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) September 30, 2016
But.... does he get the sack?
Tannehill: One of the worst performances I've seen from our offense in a long time— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) September 30, 2016
The Dolphins could NOT cover A.J. Green.
A.J. Green against...— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 30, 2016
Tony Lippett: 5 targets, 4 catches, 72 yds, 1 TD
Xavien Howard: 3 targets, 3 catches, 70 yds
Others: 3/3, 31 yds
Bengals rushing splits tonight:— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 30, 2016
Left of center: 19 car, 72 yds, 3.8ypc
Right of center: 12 car, 17 yds, 1.4ypc#TNF
Two sacks for Carlos Dunlap including one while getting his face mask yanked by Ju'Wuan James. "I would've done the same if I was him." pic.twitter.com/XipBBjRGtf— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 30, 2016
I very much enjoyed tonight's outing from the Cincinnati Bengals. #WhoDey— Tim Daniel (@TimDaniel24) September 30, 2016
Marvin Jones through 4 games (2015):— #CantStopAJ (@HoweNFL) September 30, 2016
10 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs
Brandon LaFell through 4 games (2016):
13 catches, 208 yards, 0 TDs
Dunlap on Burfict: "It's amazing. He came off the couch and came out there like he’s been with us this whole time."#Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) September 30, 2016
We agree, but, we’re happy about it... Since no one got hurt.
Dolphins coaches still don't know what Fede was thinking on that penalty. They do know it was dumb.— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) September 30, 2016
We’re also SO thankful for the resulting gifs. Thank you, Terrence Fede.