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5 Points to Watch: Bengals vs. Dolphins

Kyle Williams

The Bengals will face an enthusiastic Dolphins team in a Thursday Night Football game at Peycoe Stadium. Miami comes in as the AFC’s only undefeated team with his 3-0, offering a challenge to Cincinnati in all three phases.

Here are five things to watch out for between the Bengals and Dolphins on Thursday night. The game will air on Prime Video and WCPO.

1. Barrow vs. Tua, Part III

The first two quarterbacks selected in the 2020 NFL Draft will meet Joe Burrow for the first time in his NFL career as he leads the Bengals against the Dolphins in Tua Tagovailoa.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, and Tagovailoa, the No. 5 pick in that draft, have accumulated a wealth of experience in just over two years in the NFL. Burrow led the team to the Super Bowl in its second season, and Tua played perhaps the best football of his young career heading into Thursday’s game.

“He’s playing well. “It’s exciting to watch. Every quarterback in our draft class is playing well and it’s always exciting. The more talent, the better.”

Starting in 2018-19, the two star quarterbacks faced off twice when Burrow played for LSU and Tagovailoa played for Alabama. Tua’s Crimson His Tide scored a decisive win in his first matchup in 2018, and the following year Burrow and the Tigers scored an instant his 46–41 win in his Classic. Burrow threw for 393 yards and 3 touchdowns in that contest, while Tagovailoa scored 4 on 418 passing yards and an interception. Bengals wideout jammer His chase is expected to play a big role in Thursday night’s game against Miami, where he caught six passes for 140 yards and scored a touchdown as LSU’s top receiver. Did.

Burrow remembers the game as a legitimacy for both himself and LSU’s pursuit of a national championship. Burrow will need to beat his fellow former first-round draft picks for the Bengals to come out Thursday with a home win over the Dolphins’ talented AFC contender.

2. The speed at which the outside burns

Fans can see two of the NFL’s premier wide receiver corps on Thursday. The Bengals, led by the trio of Tyler Boyd, Jamar Chase and Tee Higgins, are facing Miami’s secondary (he’s 31st in the NFL) where he allowed 297.7 passing yards per game in three weeks. will be Meanwhile, the Dolphins boast his two downfield threats in Jalen Waddle and Tyreke Hill.

In 2021, Boyd, Chase, and Higgins will catch for 3,374 total yards, the most by any trio in the NFL. They have shone in different moments this season, each leading the Bengals in receiving his yardage in his three games. Chase had 129 yards in the season opener against Pittsburgh, Higgins had 71 yards in Week 2 in Dallas, and Boyd had 105 yards in New York last Sunday with the Jets. .

Waddle and Hill have been key elements of the Dolphins’ offense this season, ranking among the NFL’s top 10 in scoring (27.7 points per game, 8th most) and passing (291.3 yards per game, 4th). . Waddle, a first-round pick on the team in 2021, is finishing consecutive games with 100 or more receiving yards for the first time in his career. Hill was acquired by blockbuster traders in the off-season and quickly developed his chemistry with Tagovailoa, already this year he has 21 receptions on 29 targets. Of those 21 catches, 8 were for 15 yards or more.

3. Former Saints outstanding player

Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his dominant performance against the Jets on Wednesday.

Hendrickson’s path to Tagovailoa goes through Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowler who was Hendrickson’s teammate for four seasons with the New Orleans Saints. Armstead signed a lucrative deal with Miami in the offseason and has already shown why he is one of the best tackles in the league. In the Dolphins’ Week 3 victory over the Buffaloes, he mostly faced Bills Edge rushing star Von Miller, who held no sacks or quarterback hits.

Hendrickson had 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in New York, both career highs. Duplicate performances against Armstead and the Dolphins go a long way in helping Cincinnati improve to his 2-2.

4. Burroughs Thursday Night Magic

Joe Burrow has played Thursday Night Football twice, each time passing at least 25 times for 300 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

In his TNF debut in Cleveland on September 17, 2020, Barrow set an NFL rookie record with 37 completions, finishing with 316 passing yards and three touchdowns. Cincinnati narrowly lost his 35-30 game, but Barrow led his two scoring drives into the fourth quarter and the offense made his fourth down attempt his fifth. contributed to

The Bengals faced a 14-0 halftime deficit against Jacksonville on Thursday night in Week 4 of last season, but then Burrow engineered four back-to-back scoring drives in the second half to create a remembrance. Completed the comeback victory that will remain in . He finished 25 of 32 games for 348 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his best job was Evan McPherson’s last possession to set up a walk-off field goal, and 5 for 68 yards. Completed all pass attempts.

5. Home field advantage

The Bengals and Dolphins have faced each other five times since 2013, with the home team winning each matchup. Cincinnati defeated Miami on Thursday Night Football in Week 4, 22-7, with the Bengals recording his five sacks in quarterback Ryan Tannehill. In Week 5 of 2018, the Bengals trailed 17-0 midway through the 3rd quarter, scored 27 unanswered points, and Sam scored his return fumble for Hubbard’s first touchdown of his career. Did.

Cincinnati also has a 6-2 home record in Thursday Night Football dating back to 1997.

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