The Miami Dolphins outscored the Buffalo Bills over the weekend to start a season 3-0 for the first time since 2018.
The start of the Cincinnati Bengals has also been surprising, although in a different way. The defending AFC champions lost their first two games before rediscovering 2021 chemistry to beat the New York Jets 27-12 on Sunday.
The Dolphins survived a spectacular matchup last week, with a 21-19 win over the Bills thanks to a mishandling of the Buffalo clock at the end. The Bills ran out of time, trailing by two points and trying to get in position to attempt a game-winning field goal.
The Dolphins and Bengals didn’t have much time to ponder the nature of their big wins as they went to work preparing for tonight’s matchup in Cincinnati.
The short week didn’t come at a good time for Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has a sore back and ankle. The ailments have limited him in training.
After losses in the first two weeks, quarterback Joe Burrow told everyone to relax because the Bengals were coming back. He was correct. He threw three touchdown passes, his offensive line played much better and the defense held the Jets to four game-winning field goals in their previous meeting.
This game could confirm the Dolphins as a contender or as the one to bring back the Bengals from a year ago.
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NFL: Miami exposes the undefeated in its visit against the Bengals