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Cincinnati Bengals: 3 predictions for Week 16 at the Dolphins

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 15: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals and members of the Cincinnati Bengals offense prepare for the play during the second half against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 15: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals and members of the Cincinnati Bengals offense prepare for the play during the second half against the New England Patriots at Paul Brown Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Miami Dolphins reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Miami 41-24. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Miami Dolphins reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Miami 41-24. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

This isn’t a game featuring two dynamic and creative offenses. There also aren’t any glamourous quarterback matchups like Tom Brady versus Lamar Jackson or Aaron Rodgers against Patrick Mahomes. This is Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick, though some have wondered if Josh Rosen gets some work these last two weeks of the season.

Either way, it’s this kind of game that has the potential to produce a final score of 6-3, or, as one could rationalize, a big score with a lot of points.

Fitzpatrick has the potential to be special on any given Sunday. While those kinds of games happen less and less, a Bengals defense that is susceptible to the big plays fits into the idea that Miami could have a big offensive day.

The same goes for Dalton. The Dolphins have given up some big scores to opposing teams in 2019, including 36 points to Eli Manning and an even worse New York Giants team. Dalton, who is more than capable of posting some big numbers in the air, could have the kind of big day his fans fawn over. It would also be timely, especially as the possibility he’s in the audition stage of his career.

Dolphins versus Bengals has some solid storylines worth following. Quarterback play being one of them. Look for Dalton to have a career day against Miami. Also. Expect the same for Fitzpatrick, as two veterans post some big numbers in the twilight of their respective careers.

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