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GAME TIME: 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

Bengals                         Dolphins
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

Turnover differential:
Dolphins         -3
Bengals          +3

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

     QBs: completions-attempts-yards-touchdowns-ints-rating
     RBs: rushes-yards-average-touchdowns
     WRs: receptions-yards-average-touchdowns
HISTORY: 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)


Offense:		     Defense:
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
NOTES: 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.

Offense:                     Defense:
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
NOTES: 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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 Palmer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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 for Cincinnati.

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 points.

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 games.

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 game.


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 play-by-play information.

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