Miami Dolphins (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Paul Brown Stadium)
The Line: Cincinnati Bengals -5.5 -- Over/Under: 50 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Dolphins will visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday from Paul Brown Stadium in Week 5 NFL action.
The Dolphins enter this game with a 3-1 record so far. Miami started out the season by rattling off wins over the Titans 27-20, the Jets 20-12 and the Raiders 28-20, but then got blown out by the Patriots 38-7 in Week 4.
In the New England game, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill posted 100 yards with a pick, while Frank Gore logged 41 yards to lead the rush. Kenny Stills was the top receiver for the Dolphins on 40 yards from three grabs.
Over on the Bengals’ side, they’re sitting at 3-1 as well. Cincinnati took out the Colts 34-23 and the Ravens 34-23 in the first two weeks before falling to the Panthers 31-21. In their last outing, Cincinnati secured an incredible victory over the Falcons 37-36.
In the Atlanta game, Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton put up 337 yards and three scores, with Gio Bernard leading the rush on 69 yards and two TDs. Tyler Boyd was the lead Bengals receiver with 100 yards on 11 catches.
The Dolphins are 5-2 ATS in their last seven in Week 5 and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 on turf. Miami is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are 7-0 ATS in their last seven versus the AFC and 4-0 in the last four on turf. Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in their last six overall and 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Not a whole lot of people believed in Miami when they were 3-0, and they were exposed by a Patriots team they’ve long had trouble with in their last outing. The Dolphins allowed three pass touchdowns in that one and 175 rush yards, showing they’ve still got a ways to go before they’re relevant in the conference.
As for the Bengals, they’ve got quite a buzz going among AFC pundits. As the season winds down, they may very well be right in the mix for the division championship—which would be a big accomplishment among such a tough set of teams.
With Cincinnati at home here, I have to stick with the Bengals to cover.