It is the moment that all the fans hoping for the Bengals to finish off the tank have been waiting for. Cincinnati is one loss away from securing the first-overall pick, and the team standing in their way is the Dolphins.
The Bengals have been able to keep most of their games close following their bye week. However, last week against New England, Cincinnati let the wheels fall off in the second half. Andy Dalton’s four interceptions, which included a pick-six, helped the Patriots run away with the game.
The defense won’t have nearly as much of test this week in Miami. The Dolphins are ranked at or near the bottom of the league in almost every major category. It is pretty incredible, and a testament to first-year head coach Brian Flores, that this team has been able to pull three wins together on the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick is no Tom Brady, which means we can probably expect a return to form for a Bengals defense that has been much improved lately.
As for the Dolphins, their offense is led by Fitzpatrick. He is not only the team’s quarterback, but he also leads the team with 219 yards. DeVante Parker has been a bright spot for the passing game. He is set to reach 1,000 receiving yards before the end of the season, and he is currently sitting at eight receiving touchdowns as well. Outside of that, this offense has been one of the worst in the NFL.
Defensively, Miami’s unit gives up the most points per game in the NFL. Their rushing defense also allows 140.9 yards per game, which could be real easy sledding for Joe Mixon if his recent calf injury doesn’t hold him out this week.
Which team can finish the tank off the tank?
Cincinnati Bengals (1-13) at Miami Dolphins (3-11)
Date/Time: Dec. 22nd, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Hard Rock Stadium Miami, Florida
Series Leader: The Dolphins lead the series at 15-7
Streak: The Bengals have won the past two meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Brian Flores (0-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In Cincinnati, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12). Broadcasters are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and Michael Grady (sideline reporter).
Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
SB Nation Dolphins’ site: Phinsider
Odds: Bengals, +3 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass