The Bengals fell below .500 after a back and forth game with the Denver Broncos that slipped away in the final minutes. This week, in a special Color Rush Thursday night contest, the team will be looking to rebound and right the ship. Impact linebacker Vontaze Burfict is coming back after his three game suspension to start the year. Combine that with a very injured and ugly looking Dolphins team and the Bengals are looking at an absolute must-win game this week.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 29, 2016 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: Dolphins, 16-5
Streak: The Dolphins have won the last three games (2010, 2012 and 2013).
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (2-3), Adam Gase (0-0)
TV Broadcast: NFL Network: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock.
Weather: 63 degrees with a chance of rain [Weather Underground]
Odds: Bengals, -7 (Odds Shark)
Referee: Walt Anderson
Uniform: Color Rush; white tiger striped jersey and pants, orange helmet; 0-0 in this brand new combination.
- QB Andy Dalton leads the AFC with 938 passing yards and has 16 touchdowns versus six interceptions in his last 10 home games.
- RB Jeremy Hill had two rushing touchdowns last week and has 10 in his last 11 games.
- RB Giovani Bernard had 104 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in the teams’ last meeting.
- WR A.J. Green had 11 catches for 128 yards in his last game against the Dolphins.
- DT Geno Atkins has 41 sacks since 2011, the most of all NFL defensive tackles.
- DE Carlos Dunlap has nine sacks in his last 10 home games.
- DE Will Clarke is looking for his third consecutive game with a sack.
- QB Ryan Tannehill has won both his starts against Cincinnati and has a 92.4 passer rating in those games.
- RB Jay Ajayi had the game winning touchdown run in overtime last week against Cleveland.
- RB Arian Foster is the only active NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rushing yards, 50+ rushing touchdowns, and 2,000+ receiving yards. (He likely won’t be playing on Thursday.)
- WR Jarvis Landry leads the NFL with 24 catches and leads the AFC with 314 receiving yards.
- DE Cameron Wake had three sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, and the game winning safety in the teams’ last meeting.
- DT Ndamukong Suh has 44.5 career sacks, the most since 2010 by a defensive tackle.
- Since 2007 defensive end Mario Williams is third in the NFL with 92.5 sacks.
Bengals' all-time record against the Dolphins: