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NFL Week 13 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) at Miami Dolphins (7-4)

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals travel to Miami to face the Dolphins.

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When fans looked at this matchup between the Bengals and Dolphins on the schedule way back at the beginning of the season, many were highly anticipating the first entry in the Joe Burrow vs. Tua Tagovailoa.

Before Tagovailoa’s injury when he played for Alabama in 2019, there was a fierce debate in whether he or Burrow should be the first overall pick, so obviously these two will be compared very closely during their time in the NFL.

Unfortunately, due to Burrow’s ACL injury, we were robbed of this great matchup. Instead, we get to watch Brandon Allen make his second start for Cincinnati after the offense looked rough (and that is being kind) for all but one drive in Week 12. The offense seemed dependent on guys like Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and Giovani Bernard trying to make a big play out of nothing.

What made that performance all the more frustrating was the defense and special teams did everything to put the team in a winning position. Brandon Wilson had a kickoff return for a touchdown. Vonn Bell created a turnover that gave the team a short field. The defense held the Giants to under 20 points, and Alex Erickson even returned a punt to midfield when all the Bengals needed was a field goal to win. All of that, and Cincinnati still lost.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins have been winning despite not playing Tagovailoa until part way through the season, and even ended up winning last week without him. It was against the Jets, but still. Considering these two teams were compared so closely last year, Miami has really taken off compared to Cincinnati. The Dolphins are only a game behind the Bills for the AFC East. The Bengals couldn’t even compete in the NFC East.

Cincinnati will still be looking to play the role of spoiler against Miami this week. A win would do a ton for the level of confidence this team has and possibly head coach Zac Taylor’s job security. I don’t think anyone can stomach this team and coaches having to say how close they are to turning the corner again this season.

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Dolphins:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-8-1) at Miami Dolphins (7-4)

Date/Time: Dec. 6th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida

Series Leader: The Dolphins lead the series 16-7

Streak: The Bengals have won two of the past three meetings

Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-1). Brian Flores (1-0)

Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and AJ Ross (reporter).

Online Stream: Use a free trial of fuboTV to watch the game.

Radio Broadcast: 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).

SB Nation the Dolphins’ site: The Phinsider

Weather: High 60’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open, +10 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Quarterback Brandon Allen completed 17 of 29 passes (58.6 percent) for 136 yards with a touchdown and interception in his first start of the season last week.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard had 49 scrimmage yards (32 rushing and 17 receiving) last week. He has two rushing touchdowns in two career games at Miami. He has 484 scrimmage yards this season (261 receiving and 223 rushing) and is one of only two running backs (Frank Gore) with at least 400 scrimmage yards in each of the last eight seasons.
  • Wide receiver Tyler Boyd has at least five catches in five of his past six games. He had nine catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the last meeting with Miami. He aims for his third game in a row on the road with at least six catches. He ranks fourth in the AFC with 72 catches and is one of five wide receivers with at least 70 catches in each of the past three seasons. Rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins led the team with five catches for 44 yards and a touchdown last week. He has a touchdown catch in two of his past three games. He has at least five catches in five of his past six games. Higgins has 115 receiving yards in two of his past three games on the road. He ranks second among rookies in receiving yards (673), and third in catches (48) and receiving touchdowns (five).
  • Safety Jessie Bates he had seven tackles last week and has at least seven tackles in three of his past four games. He aims for his sixth in a row on the road with a pass defended. He has an interception in two of his past three games on the road. Bates had a forced fumble and a pass defended in the last meeting. He aims for his third in a row against the Dolphins with a pass defended. Safety Vonn Bell had 10 tackles, a tackle for a loss, forced fumble and fumble recovery in Week 12. He aims for his third in a row with at least 10 tackles and a tackle for a loss. Bell aims for his fourth game in a row with a pass defense. Linebacker Josh Bynes had seven tackles, a tackle for a loss and a season-high two passes defended PD last week. He aims for his third in a row with at least five tackles.

Dolphins notes

  • Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa aims for his fifth start in a row with a touchdown pass without an interception. He has two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 105 in two of his past three games.
  • Running back Salvon Ahmed aims for his third game in a row with 70 scrimmage yards. Running back DeAndre Washington had 60 scrimmage yards (49 rushing and 11 receiving) last week.
  • Wide receiver DeVante Parker led the team with eight catches for a season-high 119 yards last week. He aims for his third in a row with at least six catches and 60 receiving yards. He had five catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in the last meeting. Tight ends Mike Gesicki and Adam Shaheen each had a touchdown catch in Week 12. Gesicki had 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the last meeting.
  • Cornerback Xavien Howard aims for his fourth game in a row with at least two passes defended and an interception. He leads the NFL with seven interceptions and is tied for second with 15 passed defended in 2020. Rookie safety Brandon Jones had his first-career sack last week. He aims for his third game in a row with a tackle for a loss. Cornerback Nik Needham had five tackles and his first interception of the season in Week 12. He aims for his fourth in a row with a pass defense. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah had five tackles last week. He aims for his fifth in a row at home with a sack.

Bengals history against Dolphins

Date Visitor Home Result
Date Visitor Home Result
12/22/2019 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L/OT
10/07/2018 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals W
09/29/2016 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals W
10/31/2013 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L/OT
10/07/2012 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
10/31/2010 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
12/30/2007 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins W
09/19/2004 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals W
10/01/2000 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
10/01/1995 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
10/02/1994 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
12/09/1991 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
10/15/1989 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
11/08/1987 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
11/28/1983 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
09/14/1980 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
10/09/1978 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
11/20/1977 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals W
12/02/1974 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
12/23/1973 * Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins L
10/10/1971 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L
09/14/1969 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals W
11/17/1968 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Dolphins W
10/20/1968 Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals L

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