Miami Dolphins gain momentum as they head to Cincinnati

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week 4 odds and game preview

Suddenly the Miami Dolphins’ online NFL betting chances against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 29th don’t look as bad as they would have looked on paper before the start of the regular season.

Dolphins +7 (-115) 44 (-115)
Bengals -7 (-105) 44 (-105)

The Dolphins picked up their first win of the 2016 season in week 3 against – whom else? – the Cleveland Browns. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill completed 25 of 39 passes – seven of which went to wide receiver Jarvis Landry – for 319 yards and three. Landry ran for 120 yards and caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to put the Dolphins in the lead. Then Tannehill connected with Damien Williams with a 10-yard scoring throw early in the fourth. Nevertheless, the Browns tied the proceedings to shoot the game into overtime. Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in OT, and Miami got the 30-24 win.

The Bengals lost their second straight game, this time to the Denver Broncos. Cincinnati finally got their running game off the ground, including Jeremy Hill rushing for 97 yards on 17 carries with a couple of TDs, but there was little the Bengals could do to stop Trevor Siemian’s onslaught. The final score was 29-17. “We’re still trying to find ourselves,” wide receiver A.J. Green said. “We’ve got to be more consistent.” Instead of himself, perhaps Green should be looking for that third-down pass that he dropped. QB Andy Dalton added that “it’s still early. There’s a lot to be accomplished.” Dalton completed 21 of 31 passes for 206 yards and one interception.

Like the cast of SNL in 1975, the Bengals are the “Not Ready For Prime Time Players.” Cinci’s online NFL betting track record on Thursday night games leaves quite a bit to be desired. The Bengals are 2-6 in primetime games since the start of the 2014 season, and 4-10 overall during Dalton’s career. In addition to that, football betting site users would do well to keep in mind that Cincinnati has not defeated Miami since the 2007 season, and have not beaten the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium since 2004. On the other hand, the Bengals are an AFC-best 9-2-1 against the spread versus non-divisional opponents since the start of 2015. The Dolphins lead the all-time series 16-5 and have won the last three meetings between the two teams, the most recent being a 22-20 win at Sun Life Stadium in 2013.

More stuff online NFL betting fans might be interested in: Miami is averaging 21.3 points and 365.7 yards (282.7 in passing and 83.0 in rushing) per game on offense, and allowing 22.3 points and 415.0 yards (267.7 in passing and 147.3 in rushing) per game on defense. Meanwhile, the Bengals are averaging 18.7 points and 375.0 yards (293.0 in passing and 82.0 in rushing) per game offensively, and allowing 25.0 points and 356.3 yards (247.0 in passing and 109.3 in rushing) per game defensively. Both teams currently rank third in their respective divisions with a 1-2 win loss record.