I think the Cincinnati Bengals scoring first is big. Getting an early lead. They’re 5-0 when they score first and you’ve got a team that’s won four in a row and a team that’s lost four in a row. If you get an early lead on the Dolphins, they may say, ‘This might not be the night.’ If the Dolphins score first and take a lead, you’ve given them momentum and they believe they can win this game. It’s an easier game to finish if you get up early.
The pressure the Dolphins give up is key with 32 sacks. It’s not all the offensive line. There are a lot of reasons. They’re minus-12 in the sack ratio, which is 30th in the league. The Bengals are a plus-six, which is a decent number. I think pressure protection is key. Giving Dalton a clean pocket where he’s got depth and can see and you’ve got to get in Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill’s face and force him into bad passes and strip the ball from him cause he leads the NFL in fumbles with 6 remember that number.
Field position is big in this one with the punters. Miami’s punter Brandon Fields is second in the league in gross and No. 1 in net and just like Bengals punter Kevin Huber he’s got one touchback. They’ll definitely dictate field position. If you put the Bengals on a short field and the Dolphins on a long field, that’s an issue.
From an offensive standpoint it comes down to purely execution for both teams. They’ve gone against the same defensive looks since OTAs working against their own defense. Kevin’s defense is Mike’s defense and Mike’s defense is Kevin’s defense.
The Bengals are so beat up seven guys on the injured list and about five won’t go. I don’t think Andrew Whitworth is going to play tonight, but this team has confidence in Anthony Collins. I think it’s going to be the matter of man down, next man up like it has all season. Guys have stepped up. They have confidence in the guys stepping in, gonna be like that from here on out.
PREDICTION: Dolphins 23, Bengals 20 With the Dolphins desperate for a win,and the Bengals beat up and on a short week just have a feeling Miami will take this, don’t get me wrong i hope the Bengals prove me wrong like they been doing so far this season.
TV: 8:25pm NFL NETWORK, Cincinnati WLWT Channel 5 (if you don’t have the NFL NETWORK channel).