Hello Dolphins Fans:
The upcoming game vs the Cincy Bengals should be a better matchup than the betting line predicts. The Bengals have an all-time record of 5-14 vs your Dolphins. The Bengals tend to suffer bad fortunes when playing the Fins. Going all the way back to a 1973 Bengals season that saw a Bengals team dominate by offense and defense until their playoff game vs a historic '73 Fins squad ended their season.
In 2012, the Bengals team that will take the field this Sunday has a pass happy tendency. The Running Back by committee approach for Cincy has been more rumor than fact. Lawfirm has done what has been asked of him but needs someone to spell him. If the Fins stop Lawfirm, they can key on Dalton's passing all game long.
On the Defensive side of the ball, the Bengals Defensive Line has its 2011 swagger back. They will bring pressure all game long. Atkins is a speed demon for the Bengals. Dunlap is a worker. The Bengals blitz will come from numerous angles and outlets, expect to see 5-8 different Bengals names in the backfield.
The Bengals Linebacking corps had their best game of the season vs the Jags last week, helping to hold Maurice Jones-Drew to a season low 38 yards and a 2.9 yard per carry average. This is a unit that had vastly underperformed in 2012 until the Jags game. Burfict has been a positive story for Cincy, while Maualuga is in the middle of his worst pro season.
Cincy's Secondary is decimated with injuries. Throwing often is the way to beat the 2012 Bengals. Kirkpatrick has yet to play one play for the Bengals and that won't be changing this week. Hall, Clements, and Allen could yet again, all be questionable to play on Sunday.
Questions that come to mind when considering the 2012 Dolphins from a Cincy persepective: "Is Ryan Tannehill the QB solution?" "What is going on with the Miami WRs?" "Should Bush see more of the workload to help make Tannehill's rookie season easier?" "Are the Dolphins Cheerleaders distracting during games.."