The Thursday night football matchup in Week 9 of the NFL season will be a solid matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins playing at Sun Life Stadium in Florida and the game will be airing on NFL Network at 8:25 PM and will be streaming online on NFL.com.
The Bengals are coming into the game after an impressive win against the Jets and Andy Dalton has a career day for Cincinnati with over 300 yards passing and five touchdowns, hitting Marvin Jones on four of those passes. The Bengals currently have the largest division lead of any leader heading into Week 9 and they look like the favorites in the AFC North ahead of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals have been one of the most consistent teams in the league on offense and the defense has been very solid over the last four games, all of which have been victories. Cincinnati has a top 10 passing offense by yards per game and a top 10 rushing defense and they are also currently in the middle of a stretch of four games on the road in five weeks.
The Bengals are now 6-2 on the season after manhandling the New York Jets by 40 points and now the team is looking to win its fifth straight on a short week on Thursday on the road. The Miami Dolphins are dealing with an odd situation with Jonathan Martin, as he left the team after freaking out about a prank that was pulled by the other offensive linemen on the team. The Dolphins are reeling after opening 3-0 and they have lost four straight heading into the game, including against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Bengals have won games over a number of solid teams, including the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Detroit Lions.
Andy Dalton is showing off some real growth and the Bengals organization has done a great job surrounding him with offensive talent, including with AJ Green, Tyler Eifert, Jermaine Gresham, Giovani Bernard and now Marvin Jones as well. The team won some close games, including in overtime two weeks ago and last week on the final play, but they really showed off how efficient they can be against a solid defense like the Jets. The team is averaging over 300 yards per game and they are ranked eighth in the league in rushing yards per game with less than 100 allowed per contest.
The Bengals still have a bye week coming up in Week 12 and after playing the Dolphins, the team has a road game against the Baltimore Ravens and then at home against the Cleveland Browns, which will lead into the bye week. The team finishes up their final stretch with an away game against the San Diego Chargers and then at home against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bengals then have another divisional game against the Steelers before finishing with home games against the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens.