Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis (9) makes a field goal against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
The Dolphins have a rookie kicker (Caleb Sturgis) who is just 11/15 (73.3%), including just 1 for his last 4 and 4 for his last 8. Nugent, though he has a couple misses himself (10/13 – 76.9%), also has 2 game winning kicks over the last 3 games. With his experience and game winning record, Nugent gets the advantage here.
The Dolphins and Bengals rank 11th and 7th respectively in kickoff returns and 27th and 21st in punt returns. When it comes to defending the kicks, the Dolphins and Bengals rank 8th and 21st in kick coverage and 12th and 20th in punt coverage. However, I believe Huber makes a big difference, therefore I give a slight edge to the Bengals.
Call the Press! I am taking Lewis again. Philbin seems like a good guy, but I have never been impressed with him as a HC and was surprised he was the Dolphins choice. Lewis, on the other hand, is on some sort of a role this year. It seems as though he has finally figured out this whole challenge flag thing and started to play call more aggressively.