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Bengals Visit Miami On Thursday Night Football

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:17:01 AM

The Cincinnati Bengals have found a rhythm following a slow start to the online sports betting season, winning four-straight to improve to 6-2 and establish a commanding lead atop the AFC North. For the Miami Dolphins, it has been nearly the exact opposite situation. Cincinnati will look to extend its win streak and build on its impressive lead atop the AFC North when it visits the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football this week. Miami has trended in the opposite direction with four-straight losses following a 3-0 start, and is at risk of falling even further back in the AFC playoff race this week.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins
Thursday October 31, 2013 – 8:25 PM ET
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
NFL Sports Betting Line: Cincinnati – 2.5

The Dolphins are already 2.5 games back of the AFC East-leading New England Patriots following last week’s loss to them, and are just 1-2 at home on the season following losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills. Miami’s last two home defeats came by an average of just 2.5 points, so it’s no surprise the Bengals are favored by that number.

NFL Betting Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati managed to survive a mini two-game road trip with back-to-back 27-24 wins over the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions, but it wasn’t even close when they returned home to blow away the New York Jets in a 49-9 win last week. Andy Dalton threw for 325 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes, four of which went to Marvin Jones in a breakout game. Jones became the first Bengals’ player to catch three or more touchdowns in the same game since Chad Johnson did it in 2007, and he should play a bigger role along with AJ Green and Jermaine Gresham moving forward. The ability to move the ball through the air with such consistency allowed Cincinnati not to have to run the ball nearly as much, something they will likely try to do again this week.

NFL Betting Preview: Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ defense has struggled against both the run and pass in recent weeks, and they were outscored 24-0 to close out last week’s loss to the Patriots in a game they led 17-3 at the half. Ryan Tannehill threw for just 192 yards despite 42 pass attempts, and he was intercepted twice to go with a pair of touchdown passes. Lamar Miller added 89 rushing yards on 4.9 yards per carry, but Miami continued to try and move the ball through the air far too often even despite the success on the ground. The Dolphins need to stick to a more balanced attack in order to move the ball efficiently and keep the pressure off of Tannehill in the pocket, but the play calling hasn’t been where it needs to be to this point so far this online betting season.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Miami hasn’t played to its potential over the past couple of weeks, and the coaching staff has had just as much to do with the lack of success as the players. The Bengals have found a rhythm following a slow start and are coming off their best performance of the year in last week’s blowout win over the Jets, so covering a field goal on the road against a struggling Dolphins’ team shouldn’t be too much to ask.

NFL Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bengals – 2.5


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