A.J. Green has big game as Ben­gals dom­i­nate Dol­phins

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Joe Kay

Ben­gals re­ceiver A.J. Green fol­lowed his dis­ap­point­ing game with a dom­i­nat­ing one — 173 yards and a touch­down — and the Cincin­nati de­fense that was in­spired by Von­taze Burfict’s re­turn clamped down on the Mi­ami Dol­phins for a 22-7 vic­tory Thurs­day night.

The Ben­gals (3-1) re­bounded from a 29-17 home loss to Den­ver on Sun­day with a solid al­laround game against a de­pleted team.

Green led the way, beat­ing the Dol­phins (13) on ev­ery type of route . He was up­set with him­self af­ter he dropped a piv­otal third-down pass and failed to make an im­pact against the Bron­cos.

Dur­ing the first three quar­ters, Green had 166 yards on catches while Mi­ami had 152 to­tal yards. The Ben­gals’ sea­son-long prob­lem of stalling out near the goal line forced them to set­tle for Mike Nu­gent’s sea­son-high five field goals.

The Dol­phins were miss­ing four start­ing of­fen­sive line­men, two lineback­ers, run­ning back Arian Fos­ter and tight end Jor­dan Cameron. They had one big play — Ryan Tan­nehill threw a 74-yard touch­down pass to Kenny Stills — but couldn’t do any­thing else on of­fense.

The Ben­gals’ de­fense ex­pected to get a lift from Burfict’s re­turn. The volatile line­backer was sus­pended by the NFL for the first three games be­cause of his il­le­gal hits. He got a loud ova­tion when he ran onto the field dur­ing in­tro­duc­tions wear­ing a base­ball cap. Burfict knocked down a pass and had three tack­les.

Mostly, it was Green’s show. He caught a 51yard pass off Andy Dal­ton’s scram­ble in the first half, and had a 43yard catch that set up an­other field goal in the third quar­ter for a 19-7 lead. He fin­ished with 10 catches.

GARY LAN­DERS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cincin­nati Ben­gals wide re­ceiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball against Mi­ami Dol­phins cor­ner­back Xavien Howard (25) dur­ing the first half of the game, Thurs­day in Cincin­nati.

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