The Dolphins split those games with the Bengals that season, but things really improved for Miami after that. The Dolphins beat the Bengals in 12 of the next 14 games. The Dolphins own a fantastic 16-5 record against the Bengals overall, including 1-0 in the Playoffs.
Some of the more memorable games started with the 1973 Divisional round of the AFC playoffs. The AFC Central Divisional Champion Bengals, traveled to the Orange Bowl to play the AFC East Divisional Champion Dolphins. The Bengals would soon leave Miami after suffering a 34- 16 spanking by the Dolphins. The Dolphins would continue on in the Playoffs, defeating the Raiders and then the Vikings in Super Bowl VIII. In 1994 there was the Shula Bowl. Coach Don Shula’s Dolphins traveled to Cincinnati to play the Bengals who were, coached by his son, Dave Shula. It was a good game…For Miami; as father Don’s Dolphins beat son Dave’s Bengals 23-7. In 1995 these teams played Shula Bowl II, again in Cincinnati.
This was a closer game but the Dolphins still prevailed 26-23. More recently the Dolphins have also done well against the Bengals. Miami is currently on a 3 game winning streak dating back to 2010. The last time these teams played was on Halloween Night 2013 in Miami. The Dolphins sported a 17-3 lead after CB Brent Grimes returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown in the 3 rd quarter. But the Bengals came back to tie the score 17-17. When regulation time ran out the score was again tied, at 20-20.
When overtime began, few would have though the game would end the way it did. There would be no touchdowns or field goals on this spooky evening. The Dolphins tricked the Bengals while grabbing all the treats when DE Cameron Wake sacked Bengals QB Andy Dalton in the end zone. The safety would win the game for the Dolphins, 22-20. We can only hope the Dolphins defense shows up similarly on Thursday night when they travel to Cincinnati.
A defensive touchdown and a safety would surely go a long way towards a Dolphins victory. With the Dolphins and Bengals both sharing the same 1-2 record, a win in this game is equally important for both teams.null