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A.J. Green goes off against Miami

The wide receiver had 10 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 22-7 win over the Dolphins.


Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

It's just four weeks into the season and there's a pattern developing--get the ball to A.J Green early and often, and the Bengals will probably win the game.


ESPN Stats and Information  

Andy Dalton and A.J. Green teamed up for 173 receiving yards in Thursday's win over the Dolphins. According to Elias, they have the second-most yards by a QB/WR duo who were drafted in the same year (both were taken in 2011) by the same team since 1980. Dan Marino/Mark Clayton (1983 draft) accounted for 8,469 yards and Andrew Luck/T.Y. Hilton (2012 draft) accounted for 4,131 yards.

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Source: J.J. Watt is not expected to return this season after having back surgery Thursday.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

A.J Green, and an impressive defensive performance, led the Bengals to a 22-7 led against the Dolphins. The Dolphins were helpless to stop Green, and the Bengals kept up good pressure to keep Miami off kilter. Trend of not finishing drives continues though with five field goals.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Ryan Tannehill has to do a better job of managing the pocket, but this Dolphins offensive line was handled tonight by the Bengals front-four pass rush. I expected more RPOs (run-pass options) and three-step routes in the Miami game plan to get the ball out quicker.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins simply didn't have enough offense to compete with the Bengals, who won Thursday's game, 22-7. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kenny Stills on the first drive and mostly stalled the rest of the game. Miami's defense couldn't cover Bengals receiver A.J. Green with its shaky cornerbacks. Green dominated Miami corners Tony Lippett and Xavien Howard with 10 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Have to question the throw from Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill on the interception. With the Bengals dropping to Cover 2 at the snap, Tannehill should see Bengals DB Chris Lewis-Harris as the underneath defender. Lewis-Harris is coached up to drop between the numbers and the hash. Get depth and read the QB. There wasn't an open window in the zone coverage for Tannehill to throw that ball. Bad decision with the Dolphins down 22-7 in the fourth quarter.

Matt Bowen @MattBowen41

Bengals dropped into Cover 2 at the snap on the INT...Tannehill should've read that from the jump.

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Ryan Tannehill with the interception equivalent of when you're walking and looking down at your phone and you walk into a tree.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

JJ Watt had surgery on a herniated disc in his back in late July, then another back surgery two months later. Two surgeries in three months.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Texans' Pro Bowl DE J.J. Watt underwent back surgery today and it is expected to be a season-ending procedure, per league source.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals kicker Mike Nugent ties a career high with his fifth field goal of the night, giving Cincinnati a 22-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins' offense has 152 total yards after three quarters. Bengals receiver A.J. Green has 166 receiving yards.

Bob Holtzman ESPN 

Adam Gase has spent much of the second half either taking notes or standing on the sideline with his arms crossed. He is a 38-year-old first-time NFL head coach and he told me he sometimes gets frustrated and impatient. He looks frustrated and impatient right now. If this continues it's fair to wonder if roster/lineup changes are coming.