Dolphins at Bengals: Preview and Prediction

(Nov. 23, 2013 - Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)

There is an old saying, sometimes less is more. I feel that way about Thursday Night Football. I am probably one of the few die-hard football fans that don’t like watching the games on Thursday night. The quality of play is not what we are used to and the road team only has three days to prepare. Both the Bengals and Dolphins haven’t had the start they wanted, they are both 1-2. This game should not be pleasant to watch.

Preview: The Bengals haven’t looked overly impressive through the first 3 weeks. Coming off of a 12-4 record last year, expectations were high. Cincinnati is ranked 7th in passing offense but Andy Dalton has only thrown  2 touchdown passes on the season. Their running game has potential but  they are ranked 27th in the NFL. The Dolphins are 31st against the run, so expect the Bengals to pound the ball early in the first quarter. Miami gave up 430 total yards against the Cleveland Browns and 169 yards came from the Browns running game.

For the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill has 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and has completed 64% of his passes. This offense will only go as far as Tannehill’s arm takes them. Their running game is beyond pathetic. The former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback is also leading the team in rushing with 54 yards. Unless you are a college football team your quarterback should never lead your team in rushing for the season. WR Jarvis Landry has 314 yards, 1 touchdown, and 24 receptions. He is well on his way to having 100 catches on the season.

There are three reasons to watch this game:

You have a few players from both teams playing on your fantasy football team.

You are a gambler and you want to make some money before the weekend games.

You live in Cincinnati or Miami.

Other than that, this game should be a snooze fest. Take the Bengals 27- 16.

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Monte Perez
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’m a former AAU and college basketball coach with over 15 years experience. Last summer, I was inducted into the Ramapo College Hall of Fame. After coaching for many years, I realized I had some very interesting and funny stories to share and started touring the country as a comedian. I have performed at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory and Caroline’s in New York City. I am a former graduate of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. The Sports Whisperer is a featured guest on several podcasts across the country. In just nine months I have written over 240 articles. Some of my pre-season predictions included Marcus Mariota winning the Heisman Trophy, Aaron Rodgers winning the NFL’s MVP, Duke over Wisconsin in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Stephen Curry winning the NBA’s MVP.
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