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Bengals at Dolphins: Positional Analysis

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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

Corner Backs:

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.

Advantage: Bengals

Safeties:

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.

Advantage: Bengals

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