1:00 PM EST on Sunday, Oct 31st. The game will be
broadcast regionally on CBS TV, on DirecTV channel 705, on Sirius
radio channels 126 and 147 and on XM radio channel 103.
PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
FORECAST: Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind between 6 and 9 mph.
FIELD CONDITIONS: Paul Brown stadium has heated (that's right -
heated) natural grass. The heating helps it to grow and keeps the
field from freezing. With no rain or significant other weather in the
forecast, the field should be in great shape.
STANDINGS & STATS: The Dolphins are 3-3, in 3rd place in the AFC East.
The Bengals are 2-4, in third place in the AFC North.
Dolphins Pts/Game Rank Bengals Pts/Game Rank
Scored 18.5 24 Scored 22.0 16
Allowed 22.5 21 Allowed 23.5 25
Dolphins Yds/Game Rank Bengals Yds/Game Rank
Total Offense: 342 13 Total Defense: 340 20
Rushing: 107 16 vs Rush: 118 22
Passing: 235 13 vs Pass: 222 19
Total Offense: 371 8 Total Defense: 317 11
Rushing: 100 19 vs Rush: 101 12
Passing: 271 6 vs Pass: 216 17
Sacks Made (Avg/G) Allowed (Avg/G)
Dolphins 17 2.8 10 1.7
Bengals 6 1.0 10 1.7
Individual Skill Position Stats:
QB: QB Henne: 130-206-1452-8-6-84.9
Rush: RB Brown: 76-313-4.1-1
Rush: RB Williams: 67-288-4.3-0
Rec: WR Marshall: 42-524-12.5-1
Rec: WR Bess: 32-348-10.9-3
Rec: WR Hartline: 20-234-11.7-1
QB: QB Palmer: 151-244-1699-10-6-86.1
Rush: RB Benson: 123-476-3.9-2
Rush: RB Scott: 18-82-5.1-0
Rec: WR Owens: 40-564-14.1-3
Rec: WR Ochocinco: 36-424-11.8-2
Rec: TE Gresham: 26-184-7.1-2
Miami leads the series 13-5 over the Bengals (including
the playoffs). The last meeting was in 2007, when John Beck was
playing due to an injury to Cleo Lemon. The Bengals beat Miami in
that game, 38-25
Out: S Reshad Jones (Knee)
FB Deon Anderson (Triceps)
Questionable: CB Nolan Carroll (Ankle)
Out: DE Jonathan Fanene (hamstring)
Doubtful: S Roy Williams (knee)
Questionable: RB Brian Leonard (thigh)
LB Brandon Johnson (knee)
CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle)
S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee)
CB Morgan Trent (knee)
Probable: CB Leon Hall (hamstring)
WR Terrell Owens (hand)
QB Carson Palmer (hip)
LB Keith Rivers (foot)
T Andre Smith (ankle)
QB - 7 Chad Henne LE - 70 Kendall Langford
RB - 23 Ronnie Brown NT - 96 Paul Soliai
FB - 36 Lousaka Polite RE - 94 Randy Starks
WR - 19 Brandon Marshall SLB - 55 Koa Misi
WR - 82 Brian Hartline ILB - 52 Channing Crowder
TE - 80 Anthony Fasano ILB - 58 Karlos Dansby
LT - 77 Jake Long WLB - 91 Cameron Wake
LG - 68 Richie Incognito LCB - 21 Vontae Davis
C - 67 Joe Berger RCB - 24 Sean Smith
RG - 79 Pat McQuistan SS - 37 Yeremiah Bell
RT - 72 Vernon Carey FS - 30 Chris Clemons
K - 5 Dan Carpenter P - 2 Brandon Fields
PR - 15 Davone Bess KR - 28 Nolan Carroll
John Jerry is still listed as the starting right guard, but
there has been no announcement about his status this week. Last
week, Channing Crowder finally returned to the lineup and the run
defense was much improved. Jason Allen is still listed as the
starting right cornerback, but the word is that Sean Smith will be
returning to start at that position.
QB - 9 Carson Palmer LDE - 91 Robert Geathers
RB - 32 Cedric Benson DT - 94 Domata Peko
FB - 30 Cedric Peerman DT - 99 Tank Johnson
WR - 85 Chad Ochocinco RDE - 92 Frostee Rucker
WR - 81 Terrell Owens OLB - 55 Keith Rivers
TE - 84 Jermaine Gresham MLB - 57 Dhani Jones
LT - 77 Andrew Whitworth OLB - 58 Ray Maualuga
LG - 62 Nate Livings CB - 29 Leon Hall
C - 64 Kyle Cook CB - 22 Johnathan Joseph
RG - 63 Bobbie Williams SS - 41 Chinedum Ndukwe
RT - 74 Dennis Roland FS - 42 Chris Crocker
K - 2 Mike Nugent P - 10 Kevin Huber
PR - 12 Quan Cosby KR - 28 Bernard Scott
CB Johnathan Joseph and S Chinedum Ndukwe are questionable and
CB Leon Hall tweaked a hamstring last week. This means that 3 of the
4 starters in their secondary are injured.
- The Dolphins vs Themselves: The Dolphins scored only 1
touchdown last week, despite 6 trips inside the Steelers' 30 yard
line. And the defense continues to give up big plays.
- Cameron Wake vs Bengals' Blocking: Wake has become a real
force on defense. If the Dolphins are going to stop the Bengals'
passing attack, they're going to need lots of pressure on Carson
- Vontae Davis and Sean Smith vs Terrell Owens and Chad
Ochocinco: Dave has improved dramatically since last year, but has the
occasional big mistake. And it looks like Sean Smith has worked his
way back into the starting job, but he'll definitely have his work cut
out for him this week.
- Brandon Marshall vs Leon Hall: Hall is an outstanding
cornerback and has 4 interceptions already this year. Brandon
Marshall leads the Dolphins in receptions and yards, but only has one
touchdown this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Chad Henne is playing well, but does not seem to be generating
much of a spark in the offense. His stats and QB rating are good, but
he has not been very successful in leading the offense to score
points. Brandon Marshall and Ronnie Brown continue to lead the
offense in receiving and rushing. At this time, it looks like Pat
McQuistan will continue at right guard, although there has been no
official word from the team.
On defense, Yeremiah Bell leads the team in tackles, just
slightly ahead of Karlos Dansby. Cameron Wake is up to 6.5 sacks
while the return of Channing Crowder has improved the run defense. It
looks like Sean Smith will be taking over the starting right
cornerback position after Jason Allen was roasted by Mike Wallace on a
53 yard touchdown pass.
The Bengals rely heavily on QB Carson Palmer throwing to two
of the best receivers in football - Chad Ochocinco and Terrell
Owens. But the Bengals also have a very capable running back in Cedric
Benson and a very good tight end in Jermaine Gresham. There is also a
rookie WR named Jordan Shipley, who is averaging 15 yards per catch
Middle linebacker Dhani Jones leads the Bengals in tackles,
but second is safety Cris Crocker, who spent part of 2008 on Miami's
roster. Cornerback Leon Hall leads the team in interceptions with 4,
but has been limited this week with a hamstring injury.
The Bengals are another team having a disappointing season
this year after a lot of expectations were built up for them in the
off-season. They went to the playoffs last year and after the
acquisition of Terrell Owens, there were a lot of fans who expected
them to return to the playoffs this fall.
But the Bengals have had trouble on defense this year and have
been inconsistent on offense. Terrell Owens has added some spark to
the offense, but Cedric Benson is not as dominant as he was last
season and Carson Palmer got off to a slow start and has had some poor
games this year.
The Bengals remain dangerous, however, and the Dolphins will
have to play well, especially on defense, to beat them.
When the Dolphins have the ball, they should be able to
generate a decent running game, as the Bengals are only average in run
defense. The Dolphins still want to establish their running game
first, despite their poor performance against the Bengals.
When they throw the ball, the Dolphins will be facing a
Bengals' secondary that is badly banged up. Bengals' CB Leon Hall is
their best defensive back, but he was limited in practice this week
due to a hamstring injury and two other starting defensive backs are
questionable. Given the injuries to the secondary and the weak pass
rush the Bengals have, Miami should be able to move the ball well
through the air.
The Dolphins' offense has not been very good at scoring this
year, but this could be a good opportunity for them to put up some
The bigger question for the Dolphins is on defense. Miami
has given up a lot of big plays this year to the kinds of receivers
that the Bengals have on offense. If the Dolphins are to win this
game, they must find a way to limit those big plays that have burned
them since the beginning of the season, but especially in the last 2
With the return of Channing Crowder and the subsequent
improvement of the run defense, the Dolphins should be able to hold
Cedric Benson in check. However, against the Bengals, that will not
be enough. The Dolphins must not continue to give up the big plays
they have been giving up this year if they want to win this game.
So the bottom line is this - if the Dolphins want to win this
game, they must do two things: On offense, they must score touchdowns
and not just field goals. And on defense, they must find a way to
stop the big plays that have plagued them in the passing game. Given
Miami's defense, the best way to do that will be for Cameron Wake to
get constant pressure on Carson Palmer and force him into some big
mistakes. Palmer has had a very inconsistent year and if the Dolphins
can get him nervous, he will make enough mistakes to give Miami the
PLACES TO WATCH:
To watch the game on TV, you may go to one of the sports bars listed on my "Places To Watch" web page.
To listen to the game live over the Internet, you must now pay
the NFL for the privelege. They are charging $9.99 (US) per month or
$39.99 for the season for something you used to get for free. If you want to sign up for that, go to the following link NFL Field Pass.
Also, here is a list of some websites that have live scores
and updates. Both the Official Website and NFL.com have almost live
applications that run in your browser and give you current stats and