Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) is unable to make a catch while being defended by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Quick, name the Dolphins CBs! If you said Brent Grimes and Dimitri Patterson, you are correct. If you said “I don’t know,” you are also correct. The Bengals will have a clear size advantage on Thursday with both CBs standing just 5’10”. Grimes has 1 INT and Patterson 3 – but 2 of those came week one against Brandon Weeden , so those may not technically count. As a whole, the Dolphins (20th in passing) pale in comparison to the Bengals pass defense (11th), even without Hall.
Terrence Newman is having a solid year, Adam Jones is coming off one of his best games, and Kirkpatrick played well in his most action since being drafted. I believe the Bengals CBs can hold their own against the Dolphins WRs, I can’t say that about the Dolphins CBs.
While the Dolphins safeties (Jones and Clemens) have more tackles (84-51), sacks (0.5) and interceptions (1), you don’t want your safeties making as many tackles as the Dolphin safeties are. The safety is the last line of defense, and therefore, I give the Dolphins safeties a lot of blame for the team’s 20th ranked pass defense and conversely, I give the Bengals safeties a lot of credit for the Bengals 11th ranked pass defense. Not a big advantage for the Bengals, but an advantage nonetheless.