Three Things on Miami Dolphins 17, Cincinnati Bengals 13

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Three Things to consider after the Miami Dolphins improved to 2-3:

Thing 1: Solid day from Ryan Tannehill, who produced the highest passer rating (92.3) of his young career.

Joe Philbin praised Tannehill for doing some of the subtle things, especially when he had to move around in the pocket.

"I thought he managed the game well," Philbin said. "Made some good decisions and bought some extra time, found some guys, didn’t just automatically tuck the ball away and run. He found some receivers downfield, which were big plays for us."

One of those came on a 28-yard strike to Davone Bess in the third quarter, which set up Reggie Bush's 13-yard scoring run to make it 14-6. 

Thing 2: Speaking of Bush, he's still not right physically.

That was obvious to anyone who saw the dynamic weapon rush for just 2.5 yards per carry (48 yards on 19 attempts) with another two catches for 24 yards.

But Bush, who has been battling knee and hip ailments, never begged off on a day when Daniel Thomas suffered a late head injury and rookie Lamar Miller wasn't trusted to step in.

"We had to win," Bush said.  

Thing 3: Randy Starks' fourth career interception tied him for the lead among all active defensive tackles. 

Darnell Dockett (Cardinals) and Kevin Williams (Vikings) also have four.

"We need to put him on the 'hands' team," said fellow defensive lineman Tony McDaniel. "What is this, like his third pick since the last game of last year? I told him, 'I would say it’s luck, but he’s doing it consistently.' " 

Starks, of course, can be a free agent at season's end.

He's a keeper. 

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