Road Doesn't Get Any Easier

Having fallen back to .500 with Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Steelers, the Dolphins continue their three-week tour of the rugged AFC North with a trip to Cincinnati.

That will be followed by a road game in Baltimore, which the Dolphins don't even want to think about at this point.

Winning in Cincinnati won't be easy, even with the Bengals at 2-4 and struggling to make the most of their diva receiver combination of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

The hardest part might be putting Sunday's controversial defeat behind them in time to put together a solid week of preparation.

"We gotta shake it off," Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby said. "We got another game next week, another big game. We're going on the road, playing at Cincinnati, another well-coached team. They're fighting, too.

"We got to go in there poised, ready to play some good football. Another hard-nosed fight, and we're up for the challenge."

If any good can be taken from Sunday's loss, Dansby said, it's the fact the Dolphins went toe to toe with the six-time Super Bowl champs and even dominated the line of scrimmage at times in the second half.

"Everybody saw it," Dansby said. "The whole world saw it today, how we handled Pittsburgh. It was a fight out there and we were throwing blows back and forth, up and down the field. It was a great game to watch, an even better game to play in."

After being held to just 64 yards rushing on 21 carries (3.0-yard average) by the NFL's No. 1 ranked rushing defense, the Dolphins no doubt will hope to get healthy against a Bengals defense that entered Sunday ranked 18th against the run.

Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown was held to just 14 yards on nine carries by the Steelers. That's the second lowest total of Brown's six-year career. Only an 11-carry, 5-yard outing against the Vikings in 2006 was worse.

Still, the Dolphins came out of Sunday's loss feeling better about themselves in some ways.

"We played a great team," Dansby said. "They don't make a lot of mistakes. Today we were slugging it out, going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. We measured ourselves today, and we're pretty good."

But good enough to win on the road against an AFC North team? That remains to be seen.


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