When the Dolphins Throw the Ball
Can the Dolphins OL give Tannehill time to take advantage of a vulnerable secondary and LB situation? That is the question. With Hall and Mays out for the year, and Maualuga and Boley out for at least this game, the Bengals are vulnerable in pass coverage, especially when matching up against a TE. The problem for the Dolphins is that they only have 1 TE available for this game (3rd year man Charles Clay) and he will likely be needed to help the Dolphins terrible line protect Tannehill.
Despite Tannhehill’s recent struggles, and they are bad (54.5% comp, 7 TDs, 7 INTs during their 4 game losing streak), if he is given time by his line, he can still take advantage of the Bengals in coverage. However, good thing for the Bengals, there may not be a team in the league less capable of exposing this weakness than the week 9 Dolphins squat.
With a LT that has been with the team just 10 days, a backup RT (Clabo) starting (because of Martin going AWOL), and a center that was just subpoenaed for the Aaron Hernandez saga 4 days ago, to say the Dolphins line is in disarray may be an understatement (hence why I expect more run plays than their average). The Bengals DL is likely licking their chops at this matchup. If Clay has to stay in to block, that is a double win for the Bengals pass defense.