Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals - 8/29/21 NFL Picks and Prediction

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The Miami Dolphins will travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday afternoon in NFL Preseason action.

The Miami Dolphins rebounded from a 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears in their preseason opener and improved to 1-1 in the preseason after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 37-17, on August 21st.  Miami was outstanding offensively against Atlanta and had no trouble securing the victory after a 1-yard TD run by Malcolm Brown gave the Dolphins a 21-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 16 of 23 passes for 183 yards & 1 TD, while backups Jacoby Brissett & Reid Sinnett combined to be a perfect 10 for 10 for 106 yards & 2 TD. The top receiving threats for the Dolphins were Mack Hollins (4 rec, 49 yards), Mike Gesicki (2 rec, 43 yards), Kirk Merritt (3 rec, 34 yards, 1 TD), & Robert Foster (2 rec, 16 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Miami backfield was the trio of Malcolm Brown (10 car, 43 rushing yards, TD), Gerrid Doaks (7 car, 30 yards), & Myles Gaskin (6 rec, 27 yards, TD; 4 rec, 44 yards, TD).

Defensively, Miami held Atlanta to just 253 total yards and forced 1 turnover against the Falcons. Leading the way for the Dolphins defense was Sam Eguavoen (11 tackles, 4 sacks), Calvin Munson (2 tackles, 1 INT), & Brennan Scarlett (4 tackles).

The Cincinnati Bengals dropped to 1-1 in the preseason after being defeated by the Washington Football team, 17-13, on August 20th. Cincinnati struggled on the offensive end against Washington, being outgained by the Washington by a 336-214 margin, and could not fight back after a 1-yard TD run by Washington’s Jaret Patterson gave Washington a 17-10 lead with 11:47 left in the 4th quarter. QB Brandon Allen completed just 8 of 17 passes for 70 yards while rushing for 1 TD. QB’s Kyle Shurmur & Eric Dungey combined to complete 7 of 10 passes for 37 yards. The top receiving threats for the Bengals were Trenton Irwin (2 rec, 24 yards), Auden Tate (2 rec, 23 yards), & Mike Thomas (3 rec, 14 yards). Leading the way for the Cincinnati backfield was the duo of Jacques Patrick (6 car, 42 yard) & Chris Evans (9 car, 35 yards).

Defensively, Cincinnati struggled to get Washington off the field and allowed Washington to convert 22 first downs in the loss. Leading the way for the Bengals defense was Jordan Kunaszyk (5 tackles), Darryl Roberts (4 tackles), & David Mayo (4 tackles).

The Dolphins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Miami has already indicated that their starters won’t be getting any action in this game, however, Cincinnati has reported that some of their starters, including QB Joe Burrow, will see the field on Sunday. Miami is the better overall team, however, as the Dolphins look more like they are trying to figure out what players they’ll keep for depth I think Cincinnati with both Joe Burrow and Brandon Allen will be able to do enough to cover this spread. Good Luck!

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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