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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins Preview and Predictions 12-22-2019


The Cincinnati Bengals can clinch the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft with a loss to the host Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Cincinnati is two games clear of Miami, Washington and the New York Giants - who play each other Sunday - for the worst record in the league, and Dolphins coach Brian Flores has made it clear that his club won't be lying down.

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"I don't know whose narrative that is," Flores told reporters about tanking. "Like I've said all year, try to win every game. That's kind of my thought process." The Bengals' path to the top pick may be a little easier if running back Joe Mixon - a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday with a calf injury - cannot play or isn't 100 percent. Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been running for his life lately - he leads the team in rushing - while being sacked 30 times in the last eight games. Flores said he will stick with his 37-year-old over Josh Rosen, 22, telling reporters: "I think that is in the best interest of this team. So I think this is, philosophically, I think people are going to feel differently about it."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Pick O/U: 46.5

ABOUT THE BENGALS (1-13): Mixon has rushed for 282 yards in his last two games and is 75 shy of his second straight 1,000-yard season. Andy Dalton sat for three games as Cincinnati took a look at rookie Ryan Finley but Dalton returned three games ago to engineer a 22-6 victory over the New York Jets. Defensive end Carlos Dunlap had six tackles, a sack, forced fumble and pass defended in last week's 34-13 loss to New England, and has five sacks and five PDs in his last four contests.

ABOUT THE DOLPHINS (3-11): Fitzpatrick has thrown 12 touchdown passes against seven interceptions in his last eight games, totaling 279 yards and two TDs in a 36-20 loss at the New York Giants last week. DeVante Parker (eight TD receptions this season), who scored twice last week, has 20 receptions for 294 yards and two TDs in his last two home games, and is 46 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. Tight end Mike Gesicki is Fitzpatrick's second-most popular target with 41 catches with his first two career TDs coming in the last four weeks.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dalton has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 11 straight games versus the AFC East.

2. Fitzpatrick has rushed for 219 yards and is one of three quarterbacks leading his team in rushing along with Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and Arizona's Kyler Murray.

3. The Bengals have won the last two meetings, including 27-17 last season with Dalton throwing a touchdown pass to Mixon and Cincinnati scoring on a punt return and a fumble return.

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Miami Gardens, Florida, USA.
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Last Injuries

Miami Dolphins

  • Albert Wilson

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Wilson has decided to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Zach Sieler

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sieler has been moved to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it has yet to be determined how long it will take him to get back to full health.

  • Malcolm Perry

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Perry has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.

  • Allen Hurns

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Hurns will sit out the entire 2020 season due to a personal reason. The team has entered him on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list.

  • Ereck Flowers

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Flowers has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when he can return to the field.

  • Ja'Wuan James

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    James is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he has informed the team that he will sit out the 2020 season.

  • Jerome Baker

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Baker has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Calvin Munson

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Munson has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list with an unspecified ailment. It is unclear how much time he will miss.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Renell Wren

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wren has wound up on the active Non-Football Injury list while healing from a previous hip injury. There is no timetable for return.

  • Alex Redmond

    Bicep
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Redmond has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list while recuperating from a torn biceps that ended his 2019 season. It is uncertain how long he will be debilitated.

  • Josh Tupou

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Tupou has been added to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Isaiah Prince

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Prince is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he has elected to sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Rodney Anderson

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Anderson has landed on the active Pup list while rehabbing a torn ACL, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • Damion Willis

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Willis has hit the active PUP list with an undefined injury and will miss an extended period.

  • Khalid Kareem

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Kareem will spend an undetermined length of time on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while he recovers from surgery to fix the labrum in his shoulder.

  • Markus Bailey

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bailey is on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while he recuperates from a previously torn ACL. It is unknown how much time he will need to heal.