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Bengals vs. Dolphins: Full Roster Report Card Grades for Miami
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Cincinnati Bengals in front of its home crowd as well as a national television audience on Thursday Night Football during Week 9. Though traveling teams playing on a short week are notorious for poor performances during Thursday games, the Bengals entered the matchup favored.

The Dolphins showed immense grit and determination during the game. Miami ran out to 17-3 lead in the third quarter, but subsequently lost the lead as the Bengals scored 20 unanswered points, leaving the Dolphins down 23-20 with a little over one minute remaining in regulation.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill calmly directed the offense down the field with no timeouts, putting rookie place kicker Caleb Sturgis in position for a game-tying 44-yard field goal with second remaining in the game. Sturgis nailed the kick and the teams proceeded into overtime.

After a number of failed possessions on both sides, the Dolphins managed to back the Bengals up to their own 8-yard line. On 3rd-and-10, All-Pro defensive end Cameron Wake stormed into the backfield, sacking quarterback Andy Dalton for the third time that evening. The game ended as Dalton failed to advance the football completely out of the end zone, resulting in a walk-off safety.

Here you will find a full position-by-position grading of the Dolphins during their impressive victory.

 

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