Game Preview: Miami at Cincinnati

The Dolphins face their second of three consecutive AFC North opponents Sunday when they taken on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. A victory would put the Dolphins back over .500 and helped set them up for a second-half run against a schedule that gets lighter. Here's a breakdown of Sunday's matchup.

WHO: Miami Dolphins (3-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-4)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

SITE: Paul Brown Stadium

SURFACE: FieldTurf

TV: CBS (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots)

PREDICTION: Dolphins, 24-20

KEYS TO THE GAME: The focus will be on the battle at the line of scrimmage, but the team that is able to push the ball downfield and loosen up the opposing defense should hold a decided edge. Dolphins QB Chad Henne has taken few chances and the Dolphins don't have home-run speed on the outside. Cincinnati can bruise a defense with RB Cedric Benson. However, QB Carson Palmer (412 yards, three TDs) played his best game in recent vintage with the Bengals operating out of the no-huddle at Atlanta last week. The matchup between Dolphins OLB Cameron Wake and Bengals RT Andre Smith could determine whether Palmer has time to set and fire from the pocket.

FAST FACTS: Henne hasn't had a completion of 30 yards or longer in four of six starts this season. ... Palmer has TD passes of 43 yards or longer in three straight games.



-- DE Rob Rose was re-signed to the practice squad two days after being waived to make room for CB Evan Oglesby.

-- CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable. Patrick Cobbs would replace him as the kickoff returner, as he did in the second half Sunday against Pittsburgh.

-- FS Reshad Jones (left knee) has been ruled out of the game. Jones, a special-teams standout who recovered a Steelers fumble on the opening kickoff, seems further behind than CB Nolan Carroll in the rehab race.

-- RG John Jerry, the third-round pick from Ole Miss, has worked at right tackle the past week or so, coach Tony Sparano said. Jerry has been inactive the past four games, and part of the reason is his perceived lack of versatility. He played some tackle at the Senior Bowl and played there as a junior at Ole Miss.

-- RB Ronnie Brown has tried to cut down on the backfield dancing that drives fans crazy and become more "vertical," per coach Tony Sparano's suggestion. "I've seen Ronnie physically run over a linebacker three or four times," the last couple games, Sparano said.


-- DE Jonathan Fanene will miss Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury and is week-to-week. He missed four games before returning last Sunday against Atlanta and aggravating the injury.

-- S Roy Williams is likely to miss his third straight game due to a knee injury. He is listed as doubtful and is more likely to be back for the Nov. 8 Monday night game against Pittsburgh.

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