NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Miami 3 9 3 0 15
Cincinnati 7 7 0 13 27
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5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST6:15 PM CT4:15 UAE (+1)20:15 ET23:15 , September 29, 2022
Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio  Weather: 61°, Clear  Attendance: 67,260

Dolphins-Bengals Preview

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Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. Including the playoffs, the Dolphins are 18-7 all-time against Cincinnati with the most recent meeting being a 19-7 Miami win in Week 13 of 2020. Miami's .720 win percentage in the matchup is the team's highest against any AFC team while it is the Bengals' lowest against any conference foe.
  2. Miami is 3-0 for the 15th time in team history following a 21-19 win over the Bills on Sunday. The Dolphins had a time of possession of 19:20 against Buffalo, their lowest time of possession in any win over the last 40 seasons.
  3. On just six carries against the Bills, Chase Edmonds rushed for two touchdowns, equaling his amount of TD runs from his previous 25 NFL games combined. Edmonds joins Brandon Bolden (12/9/2018) as the only Dolphins running backs this century to have multiple TDs on six rushes or fewer in a single game.
  4. Cincinnati defeated the New York Jets on Sunday, 27-12, the team's 20th consecutive game with at least 15 points. That is nine games longer than the next longest active streak in the NFL (Chiefs, 11) and one game shy of tying the team record (21 straight from 1987-88).
  5. Tyler Boyd had 105 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Jets. Since the beginning of last season, the Bengals have had at least one player with 100+ yards receiving and a TD catch in nine different games, second most in the NFL (Rams -- 12).
  6. The first two quarterbacks picked in the 2020 NFL draft, Joe Burrow (No. 1) and Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5) will meet for the first time in the NFL. In two meetings in college, the QBs each led their teams to victory once. In the 2019 meeting, the QBs combine to throw for 811 yards and seven touchdowns in a 46-41 LSU win.
Team Comparison

Miami
 
Cincinnati
27.7 Points 21.3
308.3 Pass Yds 270.7
64.0 Rush Yds 97.0
4 Takeaways 5
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee )

CINCINNATI (AP) The Miami Dolphins outlasted the Buffalo Bills last week to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2018.

The early going for the Cincinnati Bengals has been surprising, too, but in a different way.

The defending AFC champions lost their first two games before rediscovering their 2021 chemistry and beating the New York Jets 27-12 on Sunday.

The Dolphins snuck out of last week's hyped showdown with a 21-19 win over the Bills thanks to some clock mismanagement at the end. Buffalo ran out of time trailing by two points and trying to get in position for a potential game-winning field goal.

The Dolphins and Bengals won't have long to ponder the nature of their important wins. They have to come right back and play each other in Cincinnati on "Thursday Night Football."

"It's something that every player I think in the NFL looks forward to because those are the games that everyone's watching, and we're well aware of that," Miami linebacker Duke Riley said. "So I think it's going to be a great game, AFC matchup. And it's going to be a fun one."

The short week didn't come at a good time for Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has a sore back and ankle that has limited him in practice. He also took a big hit in last week's game that left him temporarily woozy, but he returned to the game.

Tagovailoa is listed as questionable for Thursday. If he can't go, backup Teddy Bridgewater will play.

"I've been up here getting treatment, doing everything I can to get as close to 100% as possible," Tagovailoa said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old former Alabama star has been sharp, completing 71% of his passes and throwing eight touchdown passes through three games.

That's half his total from 13 games last season. His 925 passing yards are second in the NFL this season to the Bills' Josh Allen.

Miami coach Mike McDaniel said there's no ideal way to prepare for another game in three days.

"Our team very much understands that Thursday night games do great things for the league in terms of fans are able to see a Thursday night game and all the revenue that it brings, but it's a challenge nonetheless," McDaniel said.

"And there's no perfect formula. You got to sleep, you got to eat right, honestly, you've got to rest. But the bottom line is, both teams are on short weeks. It's out of the norm. You only do it once a year, so you're not going to be used to it."

BENGALS BOUNCE BACK

After losses in the first two weeks, quarterback Joe Burrow told everyone to just relax because the Bengals would come around. Joey Franchise was right. He threw three touchdown passes, the overhauled offensive line worked well together, and the defense held the Jets to four field goals in the win.

FOURTH-QUARTER FOCUS

The Dolphins have used the fourth quarter to mount comebacks in Week 2 and Week 3. On Sunday, running back Chase Edmonds scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, but most importantly, the Dolphins kept Allen and the Bills out of the end zone in the second half.

Miami's two key defensive stops in the final 10 minutes of the game - one a turnover on downs, and another key tackle inbounds to help the game time expire - sealed the win.

WATCH FOR WADDLE

For all of the praise that WR Tyreek Hill has gotten, justifiably, for his immediate on-field impact since joining the Dolphins, Jaylen Waddle has been just as productive so far this season. Waddle has two straight 100-plus yard receiving games and actually leads the Dolphins in total yards (321) and touchdowns (three).

In just his second season, Waddle has 123 receptions through 19 games, the second most of any player in their first 20 games.

TALKING TRASH

Hill stirred up some controversy this week after he called out Bengals cornerback Eli Apple. Hill and Apple faced each other in the playoffs last year when Hill played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I can't wait to go against Eli Apple," Hill said. "I owe you, boy. I owe you. I'm here. The Cheetah is here. That's it."

Apple stayed quiet about it Tuesday, but fellow cornerback Chidobe Awuzie laughed it off.

"It's football. It's entertainment," he said. "That's what people want to hear. It was funny. We were all laughing about it. It's a competition."

HE SAID IT

Burrow was asked what he thought of the alternate uniforms the Bengals will wear on Thursday night, all white with - for the first time - white helmets with black tiger stripes.

"I'll play in trash bags," Burrow said. "I don't really care what we wear out there."

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AP Sports Writer Alanis Thames in Miami contributed.

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Updated September 28, 2022

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