The Cincinnati Bengals will look to pick up their first home win of 2016 when the Miami Dolphins come to town.
Cincinnati comes into this Thursday night matchup having lost two straight, while Miami is coming off their first win, a 30-24 overtime victory over the lowly Cleveland Browns. While a win is a win in the NFL, it was just another example of this Dolphins team being in more of a rebuild than being a team even capable of going .500 this season.
As for the Bengals, a big reason why they’re on a two-game skid is their secondary not living up to the lofty standards it set in 2015. After Sunday's 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati ranks 15th in opposing yards per pass attempt (7.1), 10th in interceptions (3), and have allowed the second-most touchdown passes (9) of any team.
Let’s hope the Bengals get back to their 2015 form on Thursday against a Dolphins offense that ranks ninth in passing yards per attempt (7.9). This will be a good test for the Bengals defense as they look to rebound from two straight down performances, and the effort will be aided by the return of Vontaze Burfict.
The Pro Bowl linebacker is set to return from a three-game suspension and take his place in a defense that’s been missing his presence. While it’s unclear how much Burfict will play, his return is the kind of boost this team needs to get back to their winning ways.
This will also be the game in which Cincinnati debuts its NFL Color Rush uniform.
Here is everything to know to watch the Bengals vs Dolphins game on Thursday Night Football.
Miami Dolphins (1-2) at Bengals (1-2)
When: Thursday, Sept, 29, 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
TV: NFL Network
TV Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter).
Local Radio: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Radio Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
National Radio: Westwood One Sports with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Mike Mayock (analyst).
Online Stream: Watch the live stream on the NFL's mobile app. (Twitter streaming is not available for this game.)
Weather: Temperature: 62f; Humidity: 82%; Precipitation: 45%
Odds: Bengals: -7; over/under: 44.5 (OddsShark)
Series: Dolphins hold a 16-5 edge, including a 9-3 mark as the road team. Miami has won the last three meetings, most recently by 22-20 in overtime at Miami in 2013, which was also on Thursday Night Football.