Miami Dolphins Blow 17-Point Lead to Suffer Road Defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals

The Miami Dolphins saw their fourth win of the season slip through their fingers, blowing a 17-point lead to lose in Cincinnati.

The Dolphins had to wait until the second quarter to take the lead, but they did so with a touchdown when Ryan Tannehill completed a 22-yard pass to find Kenyan Drake in the end zone.

It all seemed to be going right for Adam Gase's men when Vincent Taylor blocked a field goal attempt before Jakeem Grant completed a 70-yard punt return to put the two touchdown scores ahead. The touchdown was Jakeem Grant's second punt return score of the season and it gave the Dolphins a 14-0 lead following the completed extra point attempt.

In the second half, the Dolphins briefly went 17-0 up, only for the Bengals to click into gear to complete a comeback. Andy Dalton found Mixon to make it 17-10 after a field goal early in the second half, and the wheels quickly fell off for the Dolphins when the scores were leveled.

Cincinnati made it 17-17 when a deflected Tannehill throw landed in the arms of Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who did the rest.

A Bengals field goal later, and the home side soon held a 10-point lead when Sam Hubbard caught a fumble before racing home, completing an 18-yard fumble return. That was the last of the scores as the Bengals' defense held strong in the final moments.

A 27-17 comeback win for the home side, who take on the Steelers next weekend. The Dolphins host the Bears.

The result leaves the Dolphins 3-2 from their first five games after two successive defeats, and they slip to second in the AFC East standings by a hair, behind the also 3-2 Patriots. The Buffalo Bills are also putting the pressure on in the East. They sit in third with a 2-3 record after a shock final-seconds win over the Tennessee Titans.

The Bengals, meanwhile, are now 4-1 and they remain top of the AFC North, ahead of the Ravens.

Jamie Kemble

Jamie Kemble

Premier League Table Writer at Sports Talk Line
Soccer journalist and author based in the UK, also with a strong interest in NFL.

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