If you are looking forward to this game tonight, you're either:
A. a Cincinnati Bengals fan
B. a masochist
C. a helpless fan of the Miami Dolphins
I was looking forward to Thursday night's Halloween matchup between the Fins and the Bengals, until last Sunday. Sure, Miami lost three games prior to that one, but they had the Patriots where they wanted them and just turned bad in the second half.
I am a fan of the Fins, but I am a realist. If you think the Dolphins have a true chance to win this game, let me give you two pieces of evidence to make you reconsider:
1) Cincinnati put up 49 points against the New York Jets last weekend. The Jets had just beaten New England the week before. On paper, how does that figure to give Miami a chance?
2) The offensive line troubles have gotten worse since the second half of the Patriots game, in which defenders sacked Ryan Tannehill 6 times. It could really be a long night for the young quarterback.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that right tackle Jonathan Martin left the team earlier this week, after an altercation with teammates which involved him being tasered, before he bolted the practice facility and never came back. Martin, who was blamed for many of last Sunday's sacks, was moved over to right tackle after the team brought in Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie was picked up in a trade with Baltimore because lineman Tyson Clabo was not playing well. He gave up a number of sacks in previous games. Martin has not practiced this week and is doubtful to play against Cincy. Clabo will likely start in his place after being benched last week. Keep in mind, the trade deadline has passed.
I have serious concern for Tannehill's safety and we could see Matt Moore next week. Just a thought.
The only saving grace here is that, while Cincinnati obviously played a full game, Miami only played a half last week.
Dolphins 13 Bengals 34
Fins, prove me wrong!
TV: NFL Network, Kickoff at 8:25 p.m./Radio: Real Radio 94.3/101.7