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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins Pick & Prediction DEC 6TH 2020

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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins Recap DEC 6TH 2020

Jason Sanders kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lead the host Miami Dolphins to a 38-35 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati forced overtime with a wild, 23-point, fourth-quarter rally that included three touchdowns in the final 6:11 and two in the last 29 seconds. The Bengals also made a pair of two-point conversions after the latter two touchdowns.

Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick passed for 419 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Mike Gesicki.

Miami (4-11) also got a big game from wide receiver DeVante Parker, who made five catches for 111 yards and one touchdown. He surpassed 1,000 yards for the first time in his five-year NFL career. In addition, his nine TD grabs this season matches the combined total from his first four years.

With the loss, the Bengals (1-14) clinched the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. One of Cincinnati's highlights was Randy Bullock's franchise-record 57-yard field goal to end the first half.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton passed for 396 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 203 career TD passes. Tyler Boyd caught nine passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals.

Miami, which dominated early, led 21-6 at halftime. Rookie first-round pick Christian Wilkins -- a defensive tackle -- caught a 1-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead.

The Dolphins made it 14-0 on a 7-yard pass to Parker. That touchdown was set up by another trick play, as Patrick Laird took a handoff and flipped the ball back to Fitzpatrick, who tossed a 51-yarder to Parker. It was Miami's longest play of the season.

In the second quarter, Cincinnati got first-and-goal at Miami's 4. But the Dolphins stopped three straight Joe Mixon runs, and the Bengals settled for Bullock's 20-yard field goal.

After a 31-yard TD grab by Gesicki, Bullock made his career-best 57-yarder after missing on his first two tries. Dolphins coach Brian Flores called timeout before the first kick, and the second miss was negated by penalty.

The teams traded TD passes in the third quarter: Gesicki for Miami, and Boyd's fingertip catch for Cincinnati.

Miami went up 35-12 when rookie running back Myles Gaskin got his first NFL touchdown, a 2-yarder with 11:12 left in the fourth.

But Cincinnati forced overtime with TD passes to C.J. Uzomah, Boyd and Tyler Eifert.

The play to Boyd came on fourth down, a 3-yarder with 29 seconds left. Eifert grabbed a two-point conversion pass.

The Bengals then recovered an onside kick for the first time since 2010, which led to a 25-yard TD pass to Eifert with no time left on the clock. Cincinnati still needed a two-point conversion, and Dalton ran to his right to force OT.

--Field Level Media

The expected battle between top-five pick rookie quarterbacks won't happen this Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Miami Dolphins.

Cincinnati's Joe Burrow -- the first overall pick in this year's NFL draft -- injured his left knee on Nov. 22 against Washington and is out for the season.

Miami's Tua Tagovailoa -- the fifth pick in April -- has an injured thumb on his throwing hand and was limited in practice this week. He missed last week's win over the New York Jets and is questionable against the Bengals (2-8-1).

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, who opened this season as the starter before giving way to Tagovailoa, led Miami to a 20-3 victory over the winless Jets. Fitzpatrick is 4-3 as Miami's starter this season. Tagovailoa is 3-1.

But Dolphins coach Brian Flores said there is no quarterback controversy in Miami.

"If (Tagovailoa) is healthy," Flores said, "he's the guy."

Miami improved to 7-4 and is a game behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East standings.

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Miami's defense is second in the NFL in points allowed (18.6). In fact, the defense has virtually carried the offense.

The Dolphins played the Jets without their top two running backs -- Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder). The next two running backs on the depth chart -- Matt Breida and Patrick Laird -- both lost fumbles against the Jets. Two more Dolphins running backs were out for at least some of this week's practices as DeAndre Washington (hamstring) and Malcolm Perry (foot) battled injuries.

In the Miami passing game, DeVante Parker has been targeted 79 times, turning that into 52 catches for 642 yards. All three of those figures lead the team, and his four touchdowns tie him with Preston Williams for the team lead.

Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki is Miami's second-leading target (51 times). He has 30 catches for 449 yards and three touchdowns.

Flores said Tagovailoa is getting more comfortable with his pass-catchers. Fitzpatrick appears to be ahead of him in the "chemistry with receivers" category.

"I think (Tagovailoa) is getting better at it," Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. "He doesn't have that type of experience yet with these receivers."

For Cincinnati, this will be the Bengals' second straight game without Burrow.

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Brandon Allen, who had been on the practice squad, vaulted over Bengals backup Ryan Finley and got the start in last week's 19-17 loss against the New York Giants.

Allen, selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round (2016) out of Arkansas, was 17-of-29 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown. He was also sacked twice and intercepted once.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Allen will get the nod against the Dolphins in what will be his fifth career start in the NFL.

"He gave us a chance," Taylor said of Allen. "He's a good decision-maker. Not everything was perfect. We knew there were going to be challenges. We needed guys around him to lift him up, and we didn't get enough of that, to be honest."

Like Miami, the Bengals have issues at running back, as leading rusher Joe Mixon is out with an injured right foot.

Veteran running back Gio Bernard -- a South Florida native -- is next on the depth chart, but he has been held to a total of 80 yards the past three games.

The Bengals' top two wide receivers are veteran Tyler Boyd (93 targets, 72 catches, 725 yards and 3 touchdowns) and rookie Tee Higgins (76 targets, 48 catches, 673 yards, 5 TDs).

We like the Bengals as underdogs to cover the NFL point spread.

--Field Level Media

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Cincinnati Bengals

Miami Dolphins

Player Position Lineup
Jessie Bates III primary: Safety Starter
Giovani Bernard primary: Halfback Starter
Cethan Carter primary: Tight End Starter
A.J. Green primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bobby Hart primary: Right Tackle Starter
Trey Hopkins primary: Center Starter
Sam Hubbard primary: Left Defensive End Starter
William Jackson III primary: Cornerback Starter
Michael Jordan primary: Left Guard Starter
Carl Lawson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Germaine Pratt primary: Linebacker Starter
Drew Sample primary: Tight End Starter
Jonah Williams primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Safety Starter
Mackensie Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
LeShaun Sims primary: Cornerback Starter
Josh Bynes primary: Linebacker Starter
Tee Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Brandon Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
Mike Daniels primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Christian Covington primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Quinton Spain primary: Right Guard Starter
Geno Atkins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Tyler Boyd primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Randy Bullock primary: Kicker Substitution
Alex Erickson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Evans primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ryan Finley primary: Quarterback Substitution
Clark Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Huber primary: Punter Substitution
Stanley Morgan Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Billy Price primary: Center Substitution
Mason Schreck primary: Tight End Substitution
Shawn Williams primary: Safety Substitution
Trayveon Williams primary: Halfback Substitution
Brandon Wilson primary: Safety Substitution
Xavier Su'a-Filo primary: Guard Substitution
Logan Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Akeem Davis-Gaither primary: Linebacker Substitution
Khalid Kareem primary: Defensive End Substitution
Hakeem Adeniji primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Markus Bailey primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Samaje Perine primary: Halfback Substitution
Kahlil McKenzie primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Xavier Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Margus Hunt primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jalen Davis primary: Cornerback Substitution
Fred Johnson primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Keaton Sutherland primary: Guard Not active
Austin Seibert primary: Kicker Not active
Alex Redmond primary: Guard Not active
B.J. Finney primary: Guard Not active
Player Position Lineup
Jerome Baker primary: Linebacker Starter
Myles Gaskin primary: Runningback Starter
Mike Gesicki primary: Tight End Starter
Jakeem Grant Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Xavien Howard primary: Cornerback Starter
Bobby McCain primary: Safety Starter
DeVante Parker primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Rowe primary: Safety Starter
Zach Sieler primary: Defensive End Starter
Durham Smythe primary: Tight End Starter
Andrew Van Ginkel primary: Linebacker Starter
Christian Wilkins primary: Defensive End Starter
Kyle Van Noy primary: Linebacker Starter
Elandon Roberts primary: Linebacker Starter
Ereck Flowers primary: Left Guard Starter
Ted Karras primary: Center Starter
Byron Jones primary: Cornerback Starter
Tua Tagovailoa primary: Quarterback Starter
Austin Jackson primary: Left Tackle Starter
Robert Hunt primary: Right Tackle Starter
Raekwon Davis primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Solomon Kindley primary: Right Guard Starter
Chandler Cox primary: Fullback Substitution
Julie'n Davenport primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Jesse Davis primary: Guard Substitution
Michael Deiter primary: Center Substitution
Sam Eguavoen primary: Linebacker Substitution
Matt Haack primary: Punter Substitution
Mack Hollins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Patrick Laird primary: Runningback Substitution
Calvin Munson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Nik Needham primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jason Sanders primary: Kicker Substitution
Jamal Perry primary: Cornerback Substitution
Shaq Lawson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kamu Grugier-Hill primary: Linebacker Substitution
Emmanuel Ogbah primary: Defensive End Substitution
Clayton Fejedelem primary: Safety Substitution
Noah Igbinoghene primary: Cornerback Substitution
Brandon Jones primary: Safety Substitution
Jason Strowbridge primary: Defensive End Substitution
Blake Ferguson primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kavon Frazier primary: Safety Substitution
Adam Shaheen primary: Tight End Substitution
Nate Holley primary: Safety Substitution
Lynn Bowden Jr. primary: Runningback Substitution
Antonio Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Fitzpatrick primary: Quarterback Did not play
Adam Pankey primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Malcolm Perry primary: Runningback Not active
Benito Jones primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Salvon Ahmed primary: Runningback Not active
DeAndre Washington primary: Runningback Not active

Cincinnati Bengals

Miami Dolphins

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 72 Yards
    • Passer: Brandon Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Boyd
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 48 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 25 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • Period 3
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 23 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 5 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Gesicki
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Sanders
    • Passer: Tua Tagovailoa
  • Period 4
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 19 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Jason Sanders
  • Match End


Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Baltimore L 38 - 3
  • @Houston W 37 - 31
  • Pittsburgh W 17 - 27
  • Dallas L 30 - 7
  • @Miami L 7 - 19
  • N.Y. Giants L 19 - 17
  • @Washington L 9 - 20
  • @Pittsburgh L 10 - 36
  • Tennessee W 20 - 31
  • Cleveland L 37 - 34
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Buffalo L 26 - 56
  • @Las Vegas W 26 - 25
  • New England W 12 - 22
  • Kansas City L 33 - 27
  • Cincinnati W 7 - 19
  • @N.Y. Jets W 20 - 3
  • @Denver L 13 - 20
  • L.A. Chargers W 21 - 29
  • @Arizona W 34 - 31
  • L.A. Rams W 17 - 28

Last Meetings

  • Bengals @ Dolphins 7-19
  • Bengals @ Dolphins 35-38
  • Dolphins @ Bengals 17-27
  • Dolphins @ Bengals 7-22
  • Bengals @ Dolphins 20-22
  • Dolphins @ Bengals 17-13
  • Dolphins @ Bengals 22-14
  • Bengals @ Dolphins 38-25

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries