Game: Miami Dolphins (3-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-2)
Date/Time/TV: September 29th, 2022 / 8:15 PM ET / Amazon Prime Video
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Dolphins input this primetime matchup towards the Bengals at three-0, and atop the AFC standings. Miami noticed out a demanding 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 2, even as the Bengals the took care of the New York Jets with a 27-12 win at the road.
The Dolphins have received have received their closing 2 contests towards the Bengals at home, however haven`t in reality received in Cincinnati considering the fact that 2012.
s Got The Edge? QB - Bengals. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is virtually at the up and up, as he presently ranks Top-three withinside the NFL for passing yards, passer rating, and touchdowns. However, youd be a idiot to discredit Joe Burrow after his elite run of performances withinside the playoffs closing yr. Even this season, in what many do not forget to be a gradual begin for the Bengals quarterback, he
s nonetheless best 2 touchdowns at the back of Tagovailoa, and additionally ranks Top-10 in passing yards. For now, hes nonetheless the higher player.
RB – Bengals. It
s been a unusual yr for NFL jogging backs up to now, with huge names failing to supply on the ordinary stage anticipated of them. While Bengals RB Joe Mixon does fall into this category, hes nonetheless proven some distance extra than both of Miami
s backs. Hes ran for 163 yards at the floor up to now this season, better than Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert`s totals combined (157 yards).
WR – Dolphins. The Bengals are one of the few groups who can in shape up towards Miami
s receivers (in phrases of skills) with the likes of JaMarr Chase and Tee Higgins. But sadly for them, I`m nonetheless taking the Cheetah and the Penguin. Sorry, now no longer sorry.
TE – Bengals. Mike Gesicki can be extra gifted than Bengals TE Hayden Hurst, however his manufacturing degrees had been pretty underwhelming this season, posting simply 6 catches for forty eight yards, and 1 touchdown. Hurst, meanwhile, has already grabbed eleven balls for seventy seven yards, and is likewise a notably higher blocker than Gesicki.
OL – Dolphins. In closing week
s Whos Got The Edge, I wrote that a strong overall performance in Week three could ease my worries approximately Miami
s offensive line. Well, now no longer best had been the ones worries eased closing Sunday, however theyve nearly been lifted entirely. Miami`s OL has accomplished rather over the primary three weeks of the season (3rd-lowest sacks allowed), and that they deserve their flowers.
Meanwhile, the Bengals
offensive line has in reality commenced the season worse than closing season, permitting 15 sacks over simply three video games. Considering they signed three beginning linemen in free-agency, thats now no longer fantastic.
DL – Bengals. While the Dolphins and the Bengals have each controlled 6 sacks up to now this season, Cincinnati has allowed simply 248 speeding yards (8th-fine withinside the league). The Dolphins are some distance at the back of at 348 speeding yards allowed, simply slightly scraping Top-20 withinside the league. Miami has skills withinside the trenches, however they`ve but to expose it this season.
LB – Bengals. Both devices hover across the center of the percent in phrases of the NFL
s fine linebacking cores. However, even as Miami has higher run-preventing linebackers, the Bengals linebackers are without problems higher in coverage, which I agree with to be extra crucial in today`s NFL.
DB – Dolphins. Although the Dolphins
secondary has underwhelmed at instances this season, its nonetheless some distance higher than something the Bengals need to offer. I mean, Eli Apple? Really?
Xavien Howard hasn`t appeared his fine this yr (partially because of a groin injury), however Jevon Holland, Brandon Jones, Nik Needham, and Kader Kohou have helped Miami preserve a enormously strong secondary over the primary few weeks of the season.
Special Teams – Bengals. Bengals kicker Evan McPherson hooked up himself as one of the league
s fine kickers in closing seasons playoffs, setting 14/14 via the uprights. McPherson has endured his shape this season making 7 of his nine attempts, inclusive of 2 from 50+ yards. Miami`s Jason Sanders is an excellent 100% from the sector this season, however has best tried 2 area dreams up to now.
Which is Matchups Will Decide The Game?
s Running Game vs Cincinnatis Front-7
With Tua Tagovailoa nursing a lower back injury, the Dolphins probable received
t be capable of reflect the equal strong passing assault on Thursday that weve come to assume from them this season.
So, if the Dolphins
offense desires to hold transferring the ball efficiently, it needs to be at the floor. Miamis run recreation has been underwhelming to begin the season, however an explosive overall performance on Thursday could truly assist alternate that narrative.
If the Dolphins can take hold of a lead early, I assume plenty extra contains for the likes of Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds. From there, it`s as much as them to make the maximum of it.
s Front-7 vs Joe Burrow As stated before, the Bengals offensive line has been extraordinarily negative to begin the season. However, Miamis front-7 hasn`t been in particular fantastic both. Jaelen Phillips and Emmanuel Ogbah have each commenced the season gradual, with the pair combining for simply 1 sack all season. That simply desires to alternate on Thursday, cease of story.
Joe Burrow is a fantastic quarterback, however he
s now no longer Lamar Jackson and hes now no longer Josh Allen. In different words, he
s now no longer triumphing any video games together along with his legs. If Miami can get to Joe Burrow early withinside the recreation, disrupting his rhythm for the relaxation of the night time shouldnt be too difficult. Do that, and the Dolphins will probable locate themselves at the triumphing facet of the football.
Game Prediction: 30-27, Bengals.
Under ordinary circumstances, I
d in all likelihood expect a Miami victory here. However, with only a three-day relaxation from Week three, at the road, and coping with more than one accidents all around the area, I simply cant see Miami leaving Cincinnati with a win.