Schedule Analysis, Week 9: Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins

David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE

We continue our analysis of the 2013 Bengals schedule by taking a look at their Week 9 game against the Dolphins in Miami.

Week 9: Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins

Date/Time: Oct. 31; 8:25 p.m. ET (Thursday Night Football)

Location: Sun Life Stadium; Miami, Florida

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Dolphins 2012 record: 7-9

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Dolphins: 26th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Dolphins: 17th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Dolphins: 27th

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Dolphins: 27th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Dolphins: 13th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Dolphins: 21st

Head-To-Head Record:

5-15 Dolphins (2-6 in Miami)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Dolphins: WR Mike Wallace, LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB Philip Wheeler, TE Dustin Keller

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Dolphins: DE Dion Jordan, CB Jamar Taylor, OT Dallas Thomas, CB Will Davis

Overview:

The Dolphins have struggled recently, but they added a lot of talent in free agency and the draft heading into the 2013 season. The key for the Dolphins will be the quarterback position. If Ryan Tannehill improves in his second season, and with the amount of talent surrounding him in 2013 compared to 2012, there's no reason to think he won't, the Dolphins will be in much better shape. However, the Bengals will head into their Week 9 matchup in Miami as the better team.

This is the last "easy" game of a four-game stretch before the Bengals start in on the division again. The Bengals should handle the Dolphins despite the fact they've had little success in Miami. It may not be an easy game, but the Bengals' defense against a young and unproven quarterback should give the offense a chance to win.

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