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Oct 20, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson (22) is tackled by Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Philip Wheeler (52) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

When the Bengals Run the Ball

Though the Bengals have a stronger commitment to the run (43% run plays – 12th), they aren’t necessarily having success. The Bengals rank just 19th in rushing ypg and BJGE and Bernard are averaging just 3.1 and 3.9 ypc respectively. Fortunately for the Bengals run game, the Dolphins are equally unsuccessful at stopping the run (19th – 109.9 ypg) and the Bengals use the run more as a way to simply keep the defense honest.  Huge success in the run game is not paramount for the Bengals, but some success is necessary to keep the defense honest and open up the field for the passing game.

Advantage: Bengals

When the Bengals Throw the Ball

Dalton’s recent hot streak has seen the Bengals passing game climb to 7th overall (269.9 ypg) and Dalton now is 4th in the league in yards and TDs. With a Miami defense ranked just 20th against the pass and no secondary players that can matchup 1-on-1 with Green (or maybe even Jones), Dalton will get plenty of favorable matchups. Jones showed teams last week what can happen if they focus on just Green. Look for plenty of opportunities for the Bengals TEs, RBs and Hawkins (hot off the IR). As long as the Bengals can keep the Dolphins off of Dalton, and all indications are they can (8th in the NFL allowing a sack on only 5.42% of drop backs), he should be able to continue his hot streak.

Advantage: Bengals

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