Coming home, off of two big road wins, the Bengals are going into this game with the momentum. I think the Cincinnati defense will come up big in the first half, getting big stops and limiting Bush on the ground. With the tough Miami run defense and BJGE’s struggles on the ground, I don’t think the Cincinnati running game will be huge. However, I think it will be efficient enough to throw the Miami defense off of their game and allow Dalton to have another big game. Miami’s offense will make a run in the second half, but it will be too little too late.
I am going to give this one to the Bengals by a score of 27-17.
The improving Bengal defense slows down Reggie Bush and continues the trend of putting fierce pressure on the opposing quarterback. Cincinnati will struggle on the ground against the league’s top-rated run defense, but Andy Dalton proves more than enough.
Bengals 30, Dolphins 16
The Dolphins are a severely underrated team. Ryan Tannehill has played heads and shoulders above what many expected, and their three-headed backfield can excel in running between the tackles or lining up as a receiver. The Bengals face running back in Reggie Bush that can reverse the field on a dime. Luckily, with the possible return of a few members of the secondary should keep Tannehill for topping 400 yards for the second straight week. The Dolphins’ front seven will likely shut down the running game, but Andy Dalton will torch the Dolphins’ secondary.
Bengals 31 Dolphins 21
The Bengals are on a serious hot-streak, while the Dolphins are coming off back-to-back overtime losses, and I think they’re due for a let down compared to how they’ve played. The Bengals come out hot behind a (hopefully) soldout crowd and jump on Miami early, forcing rookie Ryan Tannehill to throw often, allowing Cincinnati’s defense to pin their ears back and add to their NFL-leading 17 sacks.
Bengals 24 Dolphins 13