Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

Overview

The Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) host the Miami Dolphins (1-2), as both teams are already struggling to stay relevant in their respective divisions. The Bengals are on a two game losing streak, while the ‘Phins pulled out an overtime win, breathing some life into their season.

Home Stat Crew

The stat crew in Cincy is middle-of-the-road for tackles. This is one matchup that shouldn’t see too much of a swing for one squad or the other. There may be a slight disadvantage for Miami, a team that currently ranks in the top-5 for total tackle, but that’s only with one game in the books down in South Florida, and that game went into overtime. Cincinnati’s 70:30 solo-to-assist ratio is also average, so this should be a neutral game in terms of helping/hurting IDPs for tackles.

Matchups to Watch

Bengals D-Line vs. Dolphins O-Line

With starting center Mike Pouncey Out and backup guard Anthony Steen Doubtful, Miami’s already shaky O-Line will again be thin. That’s good news for the cavalcade of stars the Bengals trot out each week on their defensive line such as Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, and Michael Johnson. Miami is the most generous team for fantasy points to DLs so far this season. Opposing teams are averaging 1.5 sacks and 12 tackles against the Dolphins.

 

Kiko Alonso vs. The Football Club of Cincinnati

Alonso has had some life breathed back into his career since moving to Miami. It could be the sunshine (after Buffalo and Philly, he might have forgotten summer existed), or the fact that he’s finally healthy, but so far Alonso is producing for the Dolphins. That’s good, because the Robin to his Batman – Koa Misi – has been ruled Out. And his whoever-would-be-the-second-sidekick-to-Batman – Jelani Jenkins – is Doubtful. Even Reshad Jones is Questionable with a knee issue. So this could very likely be Alonso out there by himself tracking down any and every Bengal who passes over the middle. And there should be plenty, as the Bengals are likely to try and exploit that thin LB situation.

 

Bengals DBs vs. Dolphins Passing Attack

After being gashed by the rushing attack of the Jets in Week One, Cincinnati has tightened up its run defense. They held Denver to just 47 yards last week, and they’re getting their star linebacker Vontaze Burfict back this week to help as well. Where the Bengals have been vulnerable has been in the secondary. Opposing QBs have put up top-5 FPG so far on ...