The Bengals are giving another shot to Brandon Allen at quarterback replacing Joe Burrow after a tough loss last week. Cincinnati only has two wins on the season, and while fans are content to be in line for a top three pick, it is probably safe to say that head coach Zac Taylor and his staff probably don’t feel as comfortable about their job security without putting together at least a few more wins.
Upsetting the Dolphins is easier said than done in Miami, though. Right now they have the second best scoring defense in the league, and they have been great at creating turnovers. That trend shouldn’t be tough to continue for Miami with Cincinnati looking for an identity without Burrow.
Miami has their own young quarterback who should be starting this week. Tua Tagovailoa, who was the fifth overall pick from this year’s draft, had to sit last week with a thumb injury. He has had some ups and downs, but he has helped the Dolphins win most of the games he has started. It is unfortunate we won’t get to see two top five picks go against each other, but at least Bengals fans get a look at a quarterback many considered to be just as good as Burrow before the Alabama quarterback injured his hip ending his 2019 season.
Cincinnati’s defense and special teams played their best game of the season last week, which was the only reason they were even in that game. Brandon Wilson returned a kickoff for a touchdown, the defenses created turnovers and help the Giants to only 19 points and Alex Erickson even put the offense in position at midfield for the last drive when the Bengals were only down two points. If the Bengals are going to have any chance this week, those two phases will have to repeat that effort.
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, Ohio
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: 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).
Replay: NFL Game Pass
SB Nation the Dolphins’ site: The Phinsider
Weather: High 60’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +11.5 [Odds Shark]