After getting their first win of the season last week against the Cleveland Browns in overtime, the Miami Dolphins will have a short week, as they head into Cincinnati to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Thursday at 7:25 CST.
This one can go either way however I’m giving this one to the Bengals mainly because the Dolphins have yet to show they can finish games against good teams. Bengals win 17-13.
The Dolphins really need to win this game however despite the odds so that they can avoid the unfavorable record of 1-3 to close out the first quarter of the season and instead improve to a 2-2 record. If the Dolphins hope to prove my prediction wrong they’ll need their defense to step it up and maybe head coach Adam Gases’ statement “We’re either going to start getting the job done, or we’re going to make changes,” will motivate them to slow down a Bengals offense that has averaged 18.6 points a game.
As for defensive, injuries plague the Dolphins. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins is questionable, linebacker Koa Misi is out, linebacker Kiko Alonso is questionable, linebacker Spencer Paysinger is questionable, cornerback Xavien Howard is questionable, defensive end Jason Jones is questionable, and safety Reshad Jones is questionable.
It seems the Dolphins plan to keep Jarvis Landry as their punt returner and Jakeem Grant as their kick returner for the remainder of the season, however this may change throughout the season only time will tell.
This will be the Dolphins final away game before they get a nice stretch of three straight home games, a bye week, then one more home game, hopefully the Dolphins can use the victory against the browns to maybe just maybe start off a much needed winning streak as they look to dig themselves out of an early season hole, and proceed to their 2016-2017 postseason journey.