NFL Week 4: Bengals outlast Dolphins in Thursday Night Football

The Cincinnati Bengals pulled away from the Miami Dolphins late, winning 27-15 on Thursday Night Football to open Week 4 of the NFL season.

Miami entered Thursday’s game as one of the league’s two remaining undefeated teams. While the Dolphins suffered their first loss of the season, they could have suffered a bigger blow late in the first half when Tua Tagovailoa suffered head and neck injuries that forced him to be stretched off the field and to miss the rest of the game.

The Bengals scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Here are the best plays from Thursday’s game.

Cincinnati Bengals 27, Miami Dolphins 15

burrowing boost

Joe Burrow threw his second touchdown pass of the night to help the Bengals lead 27-15 with less than two minutes remaining, tossing the ball to Hayden Hurst for the score.

Bengals ring the bell again

Cincinnati safety Vonn Bell recorded his second interception of the game as Teddy Bridgewater threw straight to him as the Dolphins drove to try to take the lead.

Boyd comes back to it

Just a few plays after pitching for a first down, Tyler Boyd returned to his natural role. He caught a 43-yard pass from Joe Burrow to help the Bengals get into the field goal zone and take a 17-15 lead.


Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd ended up playing quarterback on a third play, completing a 23-yard pass to Ja’Marr Chase to help Cincinnati get the first down.

Teddy in Tyreek

Teddy Bridgewater gave Tyreek Hill a chance for a deep reception and the star receiver delivered. Hill caught a 64-yard pass to put the Dolphins at the Bengals 5-yard line. However, Miami couldn’t complete the practice and settled for a field goal that gave them a 15-14 lead in the final moments of the third quarter.

Plush Takeover

On his first practice after taking over from Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater led the Dolphins on a touchdown to cut the Bengals’ lead to 14-12 before halftime. Bridgewater threw a shovel pass to Chase Edmonds for the 7-yard score.

Deep Strike

Joe Burrow found Tee Higgins deep and the receiver was able to run easily into the end zone after breaking 1-on-1 coverage.


Jason Sanders’ 53-yard field goal attempt to give the Dolphins the lead was blocked by the Bengals, keeping Cincinnati up 7-6.

ring the bell

Cincinnati safety Vonn Bell jumped past Tyreek Hill to intercept Tua Tagovailoa’s deep pass.

To push!

Joe Mixon got help from his Bengals teammates to find the end zone on the first drive.

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