The 1-2 Miami Dolphins travel to Cincinnati to take on the 1-2 Bengals this Thursday night. The Bengals are coming off a 29-17 home loss to the Denver Broncos as the Dolphins are coming off a 30-24 home victory over the Cleveland Browns. Cincinnati has now lost 2 games in a row after beating the Jets in New York on week 1. Miami picked up its first win of the season after dropping the first two games to Seattle and New England. Miami was fortunate to survive this game as a missed Browns field goal as time expired forced the game into overtime.
The Bengals defense couldn’t stop the Broncos passing game as they allowed two Denver receivers to gain over 100 yards. They allowed rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian to throw for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns. They did a good job against the run as Denver only gained 52 rushing yards on 23 carries. Offensively Andy Dalton struggled as he completed 21 of his 31 passes for 206 yards, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He was also sacked 4 times for a loss of 16 yards. His favorite target was A.J. Green who had 8 catches for 77 yards. After Green, Giovani Bernard had the second most receiving yards on the team with 36 on 5 catches. Jeremy Hill had a nice game running the ball as he gained 97 yards on just 17 carries.
Ryan Tannehill turned the ball over 3 times and was still able to lead his team to an overtime victory. He finished 25 for 39 for 319 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and a fumble. One of his interceptions was returned for a touchdown. Jarvis Landry led the team with 7 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Kenyan Drake led a balanced running game with 37 yards on 9 carries. There were 5 different Dolphins who finished the game with at least 15 rushing yards. Defensively, They struggled with run as they gave up 169 yards on only 32 carries, which is over 5 yards per carry. They also had trouble with receiver Terrelle Pryor who had 144 receiving yards on just 8 catches. The team had 4 sacks and 7 tackles for losses.
The stakes are high for both of these teams as neither wants to start the season 1-3. Both teams have trouble with the running game as the Dolphins rank 27th in league in rushing yards per game and the Bengals are 31st. Both teams have started the year 1-2 against the spread with neither team covering last week. Cincinnati has home field advantage and is favored by 6.5 points in this game. The Bengals were hoping for the return of tight end Travis Eifert who was hurt in the Pro-Bowl last year but due to the short week his status for this game is still uncertain. Eifert had 13 touchdowns last year and helped take some of the pressure off A.J. Green.
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