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Dolphins come unraveled in second half meltdown with Bengals

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The Dolphins were anxious to get the taste of their 38-7 whipping by the Patriots last week out of their mouth. And, for one half in Cincinnati Sunday, they succeeded. Then, they played the second half.

The Dolphins took a 14-0 nothing lead out on the field against the 3-1 Bengals and, even, got an early third quarter field goal to go up 17 – 0.

However, from then on, it was an onslaught of Bengal big plays and Dolphins miscues on offense, which caused them to completely disintegrate in a 27 – 17 loss.

Trailing 17-3 in the fourth, Cincinnati marched 71 yards in 8 plays and Joe Mixon cashed it in for an 18-yard score to cut the lead to 17-10. Then, just three minutes of clock time later,  QB Ryan Tannehill who was under duress the entire second half, got hit while trying to throw a screen pass. Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson plucked the ball out of the air and ran it 22 yards for another score.

With the game tied, Miami could do nothing with the ball on the next possession-picking up one first down, but then a 10-yard holding penalty and QB Ryan Tannehill sack eventually forced a punt back to the Bengals.

Cincinnati wasted little time in driving down the field and Randy Bullock gave the Bengals a 20-17 lead with a 20-yard field goal.

Then, yet again, a crucial bizzare’ play got the Bengals an easy score. With the Dolphins getting possession back deep in their own territory, and it happened again:

 

Tannehill was sacked, the ball flipped in the air again and was grabbed by Sam Hubbard, a rookie from Ohio State, who took it in from 19 yards out for the final 27 – 17 margin.

Tannehill threw another interception on the next possession and after getting the ball back on a punt with under a minute ago the Dolphins had the clock run out on them on their final possession as well.

So after their opening field goal in the third quarter, Miami had six possessions and they were: punt, interception for Touchdown, punt, fumble for Touchdown, interception, and end of game.

The Bengals flipped the entire momentum by sacking Tannehill three times, creating the three second-half turnovers and allowing only 112 yards after halftime.

Needless to say coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains have to answer for being able to come up with no answers in play calls and protection for Tannehill (banged up line or not), as they melted down.

It all adds up to a very stinging loss that dropped the Dolphins like an anvil to 3-2 and searching for answers, as they get ready to host the Bears next Sunday

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