Cincinnati Bengals won on Thursday Night Football, handing the Miami Dolphins their first defeat of the year, 27-15. But that wasn’t the only loss for the Fins, whose starting QB, Tua Tagovailoa, left the game, and had to go to the hospital due to head and neck injuries.
Tua was sacked during the second period and hit the back of his head hard to the surface while falling on the ground. His hands and whole body were immediately frozen, looking unnatural. The young QB was on the ground for some 10 minutes before being carted off the field and transferred to the hospital. He would same to sense later but will have to undergo more evaluation in the coming days.
Tagovailoa already had a concussion evaluation last week, once he also received a brutal hit, and wobbled while trying to get back on his feet. Many were angry at the doctors for allowing him to come back to the field, and after this accident, we are sure they have plenty of ammo to attack the doctors once again.
“Player health and safety is at the core of the union’s mission. Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery. Our investigation into the potential protocol violation is ongoing,” the NFLPA said in a statement following the game.
As for the matters on the field, the Bengals were ahead pretty much the whole time and managed to break the rivals in the final sequence, scoring 13 unanswered points.
Joe Burrow is back in shape, having two touchdown passes and 287 yards, avoiding sacks and suffering just one, which is a massive improvement compared to the previous events. He gave credit to his O-line stating they played excellently.
“All day the protection was awesome,” said Burrow, who was 20 for 31 for 287 yards and two touchdowns. “I had all the time I needed in the pocket to find the guys I needed.”
The hosts’ ground game wasn’t that good, and it was solely dependable on Joe Mixon, who had one score but just 61 yards on 24 carries. Tee Higgins was superb with 124 receiving yards and one TD catch, Ja’Marr Chase had 81 on four receptions, while Hayden Hurst added one TD to his tally.
On the other side, Tua was replaced with Teddy Bridgewater. Before his injury, he posted one intercepted pass and 110 yards. Bridgewater ended the night with 14 completions in 23 pass attempts for 193 yards, a touchdown, and a picked pass.
Tyreek Hill was fantastic regardless of who threw him the football, recording 10 catches for 160 yards. The only problem was that he didn’t have one more teammate to help him and attack the Bengals’ defense on the other parts of the field.
The rushers were mediocre, Raheem Mostert, 69 yards on 15 carries, Chase Edmonds six on five snaps. However, Edmonds caught a TD pass.
“You’re going to lose games to very good teams if you lose the turnover battle and you’re kicking field goals instead of trying for touchdowns,” Miami coach Mike McDaniel said.
The Dolphins (3-1) are still on the road, going to New York to meet the AFC East rivals, the Jets, before coming back home, when they meet the Vikings and the Steelers.
Meanwhile, the Bengals (2-2) have two extremely tough road challenges, first visiting the Baltimore Ravens and then the New Orleans Saints.
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