When the 2016 NFL season opened up, the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals had very different goals for their season. Miami wanted to play better than they did in 2015 and maybe make a playoff run, while Cincinnati was hoping to win the AFC North again and finally win a playoff game. As the two teams get together on Thursday night, both teams sit at 1-2 for the season and can’t afford to fall to 1-3 this early into the new year. Here is a look at the matchup.
The Dolphins got their first win of the year last week with a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns. The win came against a third-string quarterback, which should be taken with a grain of salt. Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 892 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions on the season and is also leading the team in rushing with 54 yards on the ground on 12 carries. The Miami run game needs to improve in a big way if the Dolphins want to have any chance to make the playoffs this season. Jarvis Landry has 24 catches for 314 yards to lead the receiving corps. The defense will have their challenges dealing with the Bengals offense even if Cincinnati has struggled early on.
The Bengals lost their second straight game during a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. It has been an early struggle for Cincinnati to get on the winning track. Andy Dalton has passed for 938 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while A.J. Green has 22 catches for 295 yards and a touchdown as Dalton’s favorite target. Jeremy Hill rushed for two touchdowns last week and has three scores on the season to go with his 150 rushing yards. The defense should be able to control the Miami pass game especially with how one-dimensional they are right now because of Tannehill and an injury to Arian Foster.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins Viewing Details
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 8:25 P.M. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
TV Channel: NFL Network
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