Is there a way the Miami Dolphins can “catch” the Cincinnati Bengals for the first choice in the NFL Draft? Well, there is a process that we’re not sure we even want to go into, because head-to-head results are only the fourth tie-breaker. But part of that strategy has to include a loss on Sunday as they play host to Cincinnati in a game that begins at 1 PM ET at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
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The Bengals have to be thinking a little more about somebody like Joe Burrow at the moment, after Andy Dalton tossed four interceptions last week in the loss to New England. Ryan Finley, the rookie from N.C. State, got a trial at quarterback, but it’s quite possible that the coaching staff and management didn’t consider him the guy they could move forward with.
Head coach Zac Taylor was not happy about one of his wide receivers, or so it seems. On a couple of interceptions by Stephen Gilmore, Taylor thought his receiver “got bullied.” He was talking about Tyler Boyd, of course. On Monday, he backtracked on his statement. He also gave his team the day off.
AJ Green is still not playing. We don’t know if he is well enough to play, but maybe at this point he’s taking a similar posture to those college players sitting out bowl games. He’s getting ready for the thing that’s next.
Things fell apart for the Bengals in the second half against New England, but they managed to hold Tom Brady to just 129 yards through the air, and Joe Mixon had 136 yards on the ground against one of the NFL’s best defenses.
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Cincinnati Bengals -1.5
Miami Dolphins +1.5
Over 45.5 points -110
Under 45.5 points -110
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Miami played a real clunker last week, losing 36-20 to Eli Manning and the New York Giants. DeVante Parker, who recently signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension, had two TD receptions and now has 954 yards. He’s been a bright spot, as has been the fact that the Dolphins have put forth an honest effort most of the time under first-year coach Brian Flores.
There has been a LOT of turnover – in fact, there are 80 players who have been on the roster this season, an NFL record – and last week there were people back in the secondary who didn’t even know each other, and consequently communication was a big problem. They allowed 29 points in the second half. Nonetheless, they intercepted Manning three times.
The Dolphins had the same situation Cincinnati had with Finley. And apparently it has been determined that Josh Rosen is not going to be the QB of the future. Maybe they will draft a guy (they will probably go either third or fourth) or sign a free agent, because there is a lot of cap space.
Miami is deficient in almost every area. They do not have a running game. They have shuffled a load of people on the offensive line. They don’t pressure the passer. They are jumbled in the secondary. They have injuries that have thinned out the receiving corps.
They are last in the NFL in points allowed per drive. They are last in the frequency of forcing punts by the opposition. Cincinnati counters that with a severe lack of spark in the third and fourth quarters; in fact, they have not scored a second half touchdown since October 20 against Jacksonville.
So is this one of those games where it’s easier to pick a loser than a winner?
One area in which the Bengals have excelled is in the red zone, where their defense is third in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage. The Dolphins have had problems finishing, so this may shift things in the direction of the visitor, which at least indicates winning is better than losing by starting Dalton behind center.
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