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Bengals at Dolphins: Positional Analysis

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Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay (42) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons linebacker Joplo Bartu (59) in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Tight Ends:

Charles Clay is having a solid year (29 catches, 341 yards, 3 TDs) and could cause matchup problems for a Bengals team that has been depleted at the LB and Safety position due to injuries. However, the Dolphins backup TE (Sims) has just 2 catches for 5 yards (though he does have 1 TD). The Bengals on the other hand, feature 2 big TEs that can catch the ball (Eifert and Gresham) and have combined for 54 receptions, 581 yards and 2 TDs. The Bengals TEs are having an outstanding year and are often on the field at the same time.

Advantage: Bengals

Offensive Line:

The Dolphins have given up a league high 32 sacks; Tannehill has been sacked on 10.92% of his drop backs and has been sacked 4+ times in 6 of their 7 games; and their LT (McKinnie) joined the team about 1 week ago. If their play wasn’t bad enough, now they have off the field issues as well. Just after their devastating loss in Foxboro (their 4th in a row), their center (Pouncey) was served a subpoena for the Aaron Hernandez trial and may be facing gun-trafficking charges (speculation).

If that was not distraction enough, word comes down today that their starting RT (Martin) blew up and went AWOL after the OL played a prank on him. As a result, the Dolphins will be starting a new LT, a backup RT and a center who has to have other things on his mind. Sounds like a line (and team) that is in disarray. The Bengals are 9th in sacks allowed (16), 8th in sacks per drop back (5.42%), they have zero AWOL linemen throwing childish tantrums, and no lineman tied to the Aaron Hernandez debacle.

I believe that gives the Bengals OL the on and off field advantage.

Advantage: Bengals

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