Looking at the records of the Cincinnati Bengals, who are 6-2, and Miami Dolphins, who are 3-4, could be enough to make you think that the Bengals will have no trouble getting a win on Thursday night in Miami.
If the Bengals want to get a win over the Dolphins and continue their winning streak, they will need to overcome some obstacles.
First of all, the Bengals have only had three days to prepare for this Thursday night game. They are coming off of a 49-9 win over the New York Jets this past Sunday. That’s right, just this past Sunday. Only four days ago. That has to make for a tired offense. Hopefully quarterback Andy Dalton can continue to play as well as he has been lately, despite the lack of rest and preparation time going into this game with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins have also had only three days to prepare for the Bengals. They are coming off a loss to the New England Patriots.
Next, the Bengals want to win this game, but it is more of a must-win game for the Dolphins. Miami keeps finding ways to lose and is on a four-game losing streak, while the Bengals are on a four-game winning streak and have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Dolphins are coming into this game hungry for a win, especially with the game being in front of their home crowd.
The Bengals will not go down without a fight, and the Dolphins may have some trouble getting a win if Dalton is on top of his game.
Finally, the Bengals have suffered plenty of injuries as of late and are one of the worst-off teams in the NFL when it comes to injuries. There are four Bengals who are out with injuries for the Dolphins game and five more that are questionable. Many of the injured Bengals have been an important part of the team’s recent success.
Cornerback Leon Hall, defensive tackle Devon Still, linebacker Rey Maualuga and defensive back Taylor Mays are out for Thursday’s game. Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, running back Rex Burkhead, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive end Wallace Gilberry are still listed as questionable for the game.
Can the Bengals overcome these obstacles and extend their winning streak?
Possibly. The biggest obstacle for the Bengals will be their short week and a lack of rest coming off of a blowout win over the Jets. The injuries are a big obstacle as well, but the Bengals have been dealing with a lot of injuries lately and have still found a way to win.
They will get a win over the Dolphins if they can overcome all of these challenges they are faced with going into Thursday night’s game.
It will be a difficult task, but the Bengals are always up for it.