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5:25 PM PT6:25 PM MT7:25 PM CT8:25 PM ET0:25 GMT8:25 AM 北京时间5:25 PM MST7:25 PM EST7:25 PM CT4:25 UAE (+1)20:25 ET23:25 , September 29, 2016
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio  Weather: 62°, Cloudy  Attendance: 60,834

Two key Bengals might return to face Dolphins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Dolphins narrowly avoided an 0-3 start, eking out a 30-24 overtime victory at home over the Browns on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill threw for 319 yards, with three TD passes to three different receivers; Tannehill also had an interception returned for a touchdown, and his lost fumble in the final minute of the fourth quarter gave Cleveland a chance for the win. But Cody Parkey's third missed field-goal try of the game kept Miami alive, and the Dolphins won it on their second possession of OT. Tannehill's 32-yard pass to Jarvis Landry (seven receptions, 120 yards, one TD) set up Jay Ajayi's game-winning 11-yard TD run.
  2. In a game that featured five lead changes, the Bengals allowed a pair of touchdowns in the final seven minutes and fell at home to the Broncos, 29-17. Trevor Siemian passed for 312 yards and four TDs to lead Denver's attack, and the Broncos' defense limited Andy Dalton to 206 yards, no TD passes and a 72.8 rating. Jeremy Hill rushed for 97 yards and a pair of TDs for the Bengals, who squandered leads of 7-0, 14-10 and 17-16. Cincinnati committed nine penalties, allowed four sacks, and gave the ball away twice.
  3. Including postseason, the Dolphins are 16-5 all-time versus Cincinnati; Miami has won the last three meetings, each one by eight points or fewer. The last game between the teams occurred on Halloween 2013, with Miami winning at home in overtime, 22-20; Cameron Wake's sack of Andy Dalton in OT resulted in a game-ending safety in the extra period.
  4. Ryan Tannehill has passed for 706 yards in his last two games -- his second-highest total in any two-game stretch in his career. If he throws for 300 yards on Thursday, Tannehill will have three straight 300-yard performances, something no Dolphin has done since Dan Marino passed for 300-plus yards in three straight games in December 1998.
  5. Andy Dalton's 938 passing yards in 2016 are the second most ever by a Bengals QB in the first three games of a season, topped by only Ken Anderson's 949 in 1984. Dalton ranks fifth in the league in passing yards, but is tied for 27th in touchdown passes with only two. In September of last season, Dalton threw for eight touchdown passes in three games.
  6. A loss on Thursday would give the Bengals their first three-game losing streak since 2012, when they dropped four in a row. The Dolphins look to avoid a fifth consecutive road loss, something the franchise has not suffered since a five-game streak that bridged the 2010 and '11 seasons.
Team Comparison

Miami
 
Cincinnati
21.3 Points 18.7
297.3 Pass Yds 312.7
83.0 Rush Yds 82.0
4 Takeaways 4

For the first time since 2011, the Cincinnati Bengals are 1-2 and hopeful for reinforcements when the Miami Dolphins visit Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday night.

"We have to move forward and keep doing things better, whether it be protection or anything," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of preparing a team that fell below .500 for the first time since 2014 with a home loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. "Every time I come in here, there's something not up to snuff. You'll point it out to me, which I appreciate. But the key is to win the game."

The short week doesn't help matters, but Lewis could get two leaders back soon.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict and tight end Tyler Eifert, who had offseason ankle surgery, could be on the field soon. Lewis initially said Eifert is "close". but the team listed the tight end as doubtful on Wednesday. Miami (1-2) survived the Cleveland Browns in overtime for its first win of the season last week.

Burfict's three-game suspension is over, and on Monday the team was granted a three-day exemption that allows Burfict to resume football activities and be active Thursday night. Lewis remained noncommittal on Tuesday when discussing Burfict's playing status for the Dolphins, but he said a roster move would be made Wednesday or Thursday to open a spot for him.

The recent suspension resulted from repeated violations of rules pertaining to player safety, including a blow to Steelers receiver Antonio Brown's head that helped set up the decisive field goal in Cincinnati's 18-16 loss to Pittsburgh in the AFC wild-card game.

The message has been delivered.

"He's had enough talks," Lewis said.

Burfict's replacement, Vincent Rey, who started eight games last season, is described by Lewis as a "core player" because of his ability to contribute in spot duty and far beyond. Burfict also battled injuries last season.

Getting Burfict back -- he averaged almost eight tackles per game the past two seasons -- would bolster a defense that was ragged against the Broncos last week. And worse yet, at least as Lewis sees it, undisciplined. Cincinnati forfeited five first downs to the Broncos on defensive penalties.

Enter the Dolphins, who are struggling to run the ball with injuries at running back and shuffling on the offensive line, where mainstay Mike Pouncey, a Pro Bowl center, has been out with a hip injury. The Dolphins rank 26th in third-down conversions, and first-year head coach Adam Gase blames the inability to move the chains consistently on first down. Miami is 25th in rushing.

"The third-down stuff, the problem with that is if we could just stay on our blocks," Gase said. "We got exactly what we want as far as guys coming open. It's hard to throw a ball with any kind of timing where they pressure, and we get it picked up, but we get beat so fast that the quarterback, he doesn't even have a chance."

The problem with solving the puzzle for Gase is he might not have enough potential answers available.

Left tackle Branden Albert (ankle) is questionable, and Pouncey's backup at center, Anthony Steen (ankle), was hurt against the Browns. Running back Arian Foster (groin) was ruled out Wednesday, two days after Gase said tight end Jordan Cameron (concussion) was a no-go.

Right tackle Ja'Wuan James was benched in overtime last week due to his performance, and his job in in jeopardy.

Injuries, especially on the interior line, could be doomsday news against Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who has 41 sacks since 2011, tops among NFL interior linemen.

Gase said the entire offense is in dysfunction, and that includes quarterback Ryan Tannehill, when the line gets out of sync.

"There have been a couple times we're getting pressure," Gase said. "He just knows that where he's throwing it should be wide open, and he just throws it up knowing. ... There was one to (wide receiver) Jarvis (Landry), he threw it in that area knowing, 'There's nobody there if I could get a second to get it there.' That's the frustrating part about playing quarterback."

Landry has been electric through the first three games, producing a league-leading 24 receptions for 314 yards and a touchdown. His individual matchup with Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green -- 22-295-1 -- is one to watch.

But the Bengals, averaging 293 passing yards per game behind AFC-leading passer Andy Dalton (938 yards), also are trying to spark their ground game. Jeremy Hill is averaging 4.1 yards per carry (37 carries, 150 yards) and third-down back Giovani Bernard has 16 receptions for 141 yards.

The Dolphins have won three straight meetings with the Bengals.

Updated September 28, 2016

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