When the Cincinnati Bengals entered Thursday night’s matchup with the Miami Dolphins, they were certainly favored to come out on top. In fact, many thought of the Bengals as one of the top teams in the AFC at the moment. Cincinnati features one of the best defenses in the league and a quarterback that has been on fire lately.
Well, that last point came to a screeching halt in this one.
Andy Dalton finished Thursday night’s contest 32-of-53 for 338 yards, zero touchdowns and three picks. Dalton also lost a fumble Thursday night as well.
His worst moment? It was the very moment that decided the game.
In overtime, Dalton was sacked in his own end zone, thus resulting in a safety and ending the game in a loss for his Bengals. What a bizarre way to end a game. Only one word came to mind as I saw it happen — “Bungals.”
It’s true, the Bengals were not too long ago referred to as the “Bungals” when they, well, flat out stunk. This season has been a very good one up to this point, but Thursday night’s game is what they’re hoping to be just a speed bump in amidst a successful season and postseason run.
Not only did the Bengals lose the game, but rookie running back Giovani Bernard exited the game with a rib injury and the extent of the injury at the moment is unknown. If Bernard is indeed going to miss some time, BenJarvis Green-Ellis will have to shoulder the load as the feature back in the meantime — something he hasn’t done very well in his time as a starter this year.
Bernard has definitely shown the ability to warrant a starting job and many more touches in the future, but after leaving the game Thursday night this could be in jeopardy.
What a Thursday night game, folks. What an odd Thursday night game.