Bengals at Dolphins: Positional Analysis

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Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) scores a touchdown during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

 

Running Backs:

Lamar Miller is having a very disappointing year (343 yards, 2 TDs) averaging just 49.5 ypg, but it is not for a lack of production. Miller has been very productive (4.5 ypc). It is a lack of use. Only 3 teams are running the ball less than the Dolphins (34%) and as a result, Miller has just 77 carries in 7 games. Against a potent offense like the Bengals (9th), look for the Dolphins to try and balance their attack a little more.

Though the Bengals have a more balanced attack (43% run plays – 12th), BJGE and Bernard’s production has been disappointing as well, averaging just 3.2 and 3.9 ypc respectively. However, the Bengals have gotten more TDs out of their top 2 backs (7-5), they have a stronger commitment to the run, and Giovanni Bernard offers the Bengals an added dimension in the passing game (26 catches, 242 yards, 2 TDs). The Dolphins backs, on the other hand, are non-existent in the passing game (17 catches, 94 yards, 1 TD).

Because of the lack of commitment to the running game and the lack of contribution in the passing game, the Bengals get the advantage here.

Advantage: Bengals

 

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