For the fourth straight game, the hard-luck Miami Dolphins carried a lead into the fourth quarter.
After blowing those leads against the Jets and Cardinals the past two weeks, the visitors managed to keep the Bengals from charging through yet another opening.
Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas had second-half touchdown runs and the Dolphins held on for a 17-13 win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Reshad Jones sealed the outcome with an interception of Andy Dalton with 1:22 left.
The Dolphins improved to 2-3, while the Bengals fell to 3-2.
The Bengals pulled within 17-13 on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green two plays into the fourth quarter. That drive was set up by Dan Carpenter’s fourth missed field goal the past three weeks, this time a questionable attempt from 53 yards.
Earlier, defensive tackle Randy Starks’ fourth career interception set up the Dolphins for a 36-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter.
Ryan Tannehill hit Davone Bess for 28 yards and Bush picked his way around left end for 13 yards and the touchdown on the next play that made it 14-6.
Thomas put the Dolphins in front 7-6 with a 1-yard plunge midway through the second quarter. That capped a nine-play, 63-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 24-yard pass to Charles Clay on third and 10 from the Cincinnati 43.
Two early turnovers helped put the Dolphins in a 6-0 hole after one quarter.
Reshad Jones had a Bengals punt bounce off his backside, with Vontaze Burfict recovering at the Dolphins’ 26 to set up a 42-yard Mike Nugent field goal.
On the very next drive, Jorvorskie Lane lost a fumble after eight-play drive reached the Bengals’ 11.
The Bengals then marched 72 yards in 13 plays, converting one fourth down before settling for a 24-yard field goal.
Tony McDaniel, back after missing four games with a knee injury, gave the Dolphins their first fumble recovery (in eight tries) late in the first half. However, Lane was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Bengals’ 38.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times