TV Schedule: Thursday, Oct. 31, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Weather: High 86, Low 74
Line: Cincinnati (-2.5)
The Cincinnati Bengals have been considered one of the top teams in the AFC lately and a 49-9 win over the New York Jets in week eight just furthered those talks. Sitting at 6-2 and in first place in the AFC North by a wide margin, it looks like the Bengals will be playoff bound if they just keep playing like they have been. Andy Dalton has been playing much better as of late, having his best games in recent weeks. Dalton has 2,249 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year after a five-touchdown performance against the Jets. While A.J. Green leads all receivers with 734 yards and five touchdowns to go along with it, Marvin Jones has emerged in the receiving corps, giving the Bengals a much-needed No. 2 option. Jones has caught 24 passes for 369 yards — including a four-touchdown performance last week.
After beginning the season 3-0 and considered one of the up-and-coming teams by many experts, the Miami Dolphins have since dropped four straight and are desperately looking to end the slump. Ryan Tannehill was considered one of the best second-year quarterbacks and one of the most improved players in the league this season. However, he has tapered off a bit, passing for 1,769 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 17th-ranked passing attack in the NFL. Tannehill has gotten some solid production out of his wide outs such as Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. Hartline has caught 35 passes for 438 yards and two scores while Wallace has 30 catches for 398 yards and a touchdown on the year. Don’t forget about the shifty young running back Lamar Miller who has averaged 4.5 yards per carry this season while rushing for 343 yards and two scores.
Defensively, the Dolphins have struggled to slow teams down. Miami ranks 19th in points allowed per game with over 23 and 21st in yards allowed per game with over 355 — they rank around 20th in the league in both passing and rushing yards allowed. Cincinnati, on the other hand, has one of the top defensive units in the league, ranking fifth in points allowed per game and eighth in yards allowed per contest. Good luck trying to score on the Bengals.
PREDICTION: Bengals 31, Dolphins 20