Stats to know for the Bengals vs Dolphins game, including 0.54, the percentage of NFL overtime games (three of 548) decided by a safety, which is how the Dolphins beat the Bengals 22-20 in 2013.
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been declared doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. If Kirkpatrick doesn't play, that's heavy blow for the Bengals' secondary, as he starts on the outside opposite Adam Jones. The Bengals' secondary badly needs a bounce-back game after giving up four touchdowns to Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has been particularly good in prime-time games through the first three seasons of his career. Bernard has combined for 786 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games. If there was ever a time to pad those statistics, it would probably be Thursday night against the struggling Miami Dolphins.
The Cincinnati Bengals have been fairly lucky with injuries to this point as they face a quick turnaround against the Dolphins. Although they probably still won't have Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert back, and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick’s status is unknown, they emerged mostly healthy from Sunday's game against the Broncos.
The Cincinnati Bell Connector will operate late after Thursday night’s Bengals game to accommodate fans who ride the streetcar. An additional streetcar will be used, and service will operate past midnight as long as there are fans to be transported. All service will end by 2 a.m.
In the lone post-season meeting a current Hall of Fame coach and a future Hall of Fame coach met when Paul Brown took his Bengals to Miami to meet Don Shula’s Dolphins in the 1973 AFC Divisional game. The two would eventually combine for 498 wins with Shula leading everyone with 328. On this day Shula beat his old coach in Cleveland, 34-16, when Miami’s No Name Defense didn’t allow a TD and running backs Mercury Morris, Larry Csonka, and Jim Kiik split 50 carries for 228 yards on the way to Miami’s second straight Super Bowl title.
The two Bengals Pro Bowlers are looking to use Thursday night’s stage against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium (8:25-Cincinati’s Channel 12 and NFL Network) for redemption after a couple of plays last Sunday against the Broncos left them fuming. And they’re going against two red-hot players. Landry is coming off two straight 100-yard games and leads the NFL with 24 catches while Jones wrecked Cleveland on Sunday with three of his 10 tackles for a loss.
A look at the rundown for the details to keep an eye on for the Bengals and Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.
Every week, we sit down to talk Bengals with a lead analyst at Pro Football Focus, an advanced analytics website headquartered in Cincinnati off Main St. in Over-the-Rhine. PFF is a service used by 19 out of the 32 NFL teams and analyzes every player on every play of every game to aid in game research. This week, we talk to lead PFF analyst Steve Palazzolo about the matchup between the Bengals' defensive backfield and Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
AFC North Bytes
Coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that the arrest of guard Alvin Bailey is a league matter. Bailey was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in suburban Cleveland. He has a Thursday morning court appearance on that and five other charges.
Le’Veon Bell’s three-game suspension did not seem like much of an obstacle for Pittsburgh after backup DeAngelo Williams ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns during the Steelers’ season-opening victory against Washington, but Bell’s enhanced athletic and physical traits, and the ability to consistently create offense outside of what is blocked for him, should provide a substantial boost to Pittsburgh’s ground attack.
The Steelers never miss out on a chance to get the best of the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers have defeated the Browns 20 times since 2004, and Pittsburgh running back DeAngelo Williams used that position of power to dig Terrelle Pryor's quote that Cleveland, at 0-3, can win out.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs announced fellow pass rusher Elvis Dumervil will make his 2016 debut against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Suggs was answering a question about the defense's success on Wednesday when he added an important piece of news.
Eli Manning says he has “no general thoughts’’ about purple, but his longtime teammate, Victor Cruz, pretty much is convinced it is not his quarterback’s favorite color.
Veteran running back C.J. Spiller will sign with the Seahawks, per multiple reports. The Saints cut Spiller earlier this month. The Seahawks have been hit hard by injury at the running back position, so taking a flyer on Spiller makes sense.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a hairline fracture in the tibial plateau in his knee during his team's 31-17 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 25, per David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. His official status for the Cowboys' matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4 has yet to be announced.
A second petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones. The former players who filed the petition complain that chronic traumatic encephalopathy diagnosed before the April 2015 cutoff can bring $4 million while future CTE diagnoses aren't compensated. They say that violates Supreme Court rulings that insist each subgroup in a class action settlement be treated fairly.
I have no idea why Peyton Manning is tobogganing down the Great Wall of China. Frankly, I don't need to know. I'm perfectly fine working under the assumption this is where all legendary quarterbacks go when they retire.