Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals : this week host the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams enter the contest with 3-1 records and current division leads on the line. The Bengals own a share of first place in the AFC North Division with the 3-1 Baltimore Ravens.
Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals improved to their 3-1 mark with a thrilling 37-36 road win against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. QB Andy Dalton led a dramatic 16-play, 75-yard drive in the game’s final four minutes that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to WR A.J. Green with seven seconds left. The drive included one third-down conversion and two fourth-down conversions, and it overcame a 10-yard offensive illegal-use-of-hands penalty.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was Dalton’s 22nd career game-winning drive, a total which ties him with Boomer Esiason for most in franchise history. That number is tied for ninth among active QBs. A game-winning drive for a QB is defined as a drive that results in an offensive score (PATs included) in the fourth quarter or overtime that is responsible for putting the team ahead to stay.
For the game, Dalton completed 29 of 41 passes for 337 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a 109.5 passer rating against the Falcons. He has recorded 100-plus passer ratings in three of the team’s first four games this season (he also had marks of 109.7 in Game 1 at Indianapolis and 107.7 in Game 2 vs. Baltimore), and those three 100-plus games already are half of his 2017 total of six.
On defense, the Bengals’ coaching staff is focusing on the unit’s overall performance, particularly on third downs. The team ranks 29th in the NFL in net yards allowed per game (419.3) and 32nd in third-down efficiency (opponents have converted 57.4 percent of third downs [35 of 61]).
While the offense may benefit with the possible return of Mixon, the Bengals’ defense likewise also may receive a boost with the return of a key player. LB Vontaze Burfict, who missed Games 1-4 while serving a suspension, returned to the team on Monday. A seventh-year veteran,
In the New England game, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill posted 100 yards with a pick, while Frank Gore logged 41 yards to lead the rush. Kenny Stills was the top receiver for the Dolphins on 40 yards from three grabs.