The 3-1 Bengals host the Miami Dolphins for a Sunday afternoon showdown. What showdown? The Bengals are 3-1, against a lowly 1-3 Dolphins team. That’s what the statistics show, but what Bengals fans need to be wary of come Sunday, is that the Dolphins are no pushover on the field. In fact, a couple of plays go differently, and this is a battle of two 3-1 teams.
Last year the young Bengals proved their worth by traveling to face a Seattle team that was supposed to be a trap game. They ended up winning 34-12. I think that this game against the Dolphins is going to be this year’s early version of a trap game, but don’t expect it to be quite so lop-sided as their rout in Washington.
The Dolphins travel to the Queen City on the cusp of back-to-back overtime losses. And while the Jets game should have been won in the end, not many could have expected the surprising Cardinals to have such a battle on their hands last week. That battle came in the from of 431 passing yards from a young Ryan Tannehill who is settling nicely into the NFL. That is, now that he’s met Brian Hartline, who leads the league in receiving yards through week 4. A healthier Bengals secondary will help, but just remember that these numbers came against defenses like the Jets and Cardinals.