Through 4 weeks of the NFL season both the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals have surprised people. However both teams are coming off of drastically different results.
On one hand we saw the Dolphins get dismantled and embarrassed by New England. On the other we saw the Cincinnati bengals win on a last second touchdown pass to A.J. Green against the Atlanta Falcons. How will these 3-1 teams perform this week?
Miami Dolphins– After a very disappointing outing last week against the Patriots, the Miami offense has to bounce back in order to compete against the Bengals red hot offense. Ryan Tannehill only threw for 100 yards on 11/20 attempts while throwing zero touchdowns and an interception. Expect Tannehill and the offense to bounce back by depending more on the running game against the Bengals which will open up more passing lanes for Tannehill against the 29th ranked defense in Cincinnati.
X-Factor- Kenyan Drake will be the X-factor for the Miami Dolphins after coming off a game where he only had 3 touches for 3 yards. It is important for Drake to get going this week after two invisible performances. A lot of that falls on Adam Gase in regards to play calling, but Drake has to be more decisive and take what is there. Too many times lately he’s trying to bounce everything outside and hit the home run. Singles will soften up the defense.
Cincinnati Bengals- What a game by the Red Rifle Andy Dalton and his Cincinnati Bengals last week! After winning 37-36 on a last second touchdown pass to AJ Green the bengals offense is on fire. Can the Miami Dolphins slow them down? Dalton threw for 337 yards on 29-41 completions with three touchdowns and an interception against the Falcons. With the way this offense is playing it’ll be hard to stop them from scoring, expect the Dolphins to double team Green a lot and for Xavien Howard to play at a higher level than their last meeting.
X-Factor- Tyler Boyd will be the X-Factor against the Miami Dolphins with Bobby McCain out and the rest of the defense focusing on Green and running back Joe Mixon. Boyd has 349 yards and 2 touchdowns through the first four games and I expect him to have a great game against the Dolphins who struggle against tight ends in coverage.
Predicted outcome- I expect the Miami offense to bounce back while the Cincinnati Bengals stay on track. Both defenses will have their work cut out for them.
Bengals 35 Dolphins 27