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Dolphins Bengals Betting – Bengals Face Another Florida Team This Week

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/1/2012 6:17:59 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals played the Jacksonville Jaguars in week four of this NFL season. They will take on another Sunshine State foe when they face the Miami Dolphins in week five.

Miami Dolphins @ Cincinnati Bengals – Sunday, October 7   
Sport betting online  line: No line

Why Miami Will Win

When football betting sites get down to the business of assessing this game, they will point out a few things in favor of the Dolphins. First of all, Miami crushed an Oakland team (by 22 points) that subsequently upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that most pundits would probably still rate ahead of the Bengals in the AFC North Division. The Dolphins are not a consistent team, but they're clearly capable of pulling off pleasant surprises.

The second thing to be aware of in this game is that the Bengals are a team that has not yet proven – under its current incarnation – that it can be a reliable, every-week team in the NFL. This past decade, the Bengals found a brief period of prosperity under former quarterback Carson Palmer, but Palmer then became older and more brittle, and so went the Bengals, who dropped out of the playoff mix for a period of time. Cincinnati returned to the playoffs last season, but only with a 9-7 record.

New quarterback Andy Dalton played well when one considers that he was a rookie fresh out of college, but 2012 involves a different and equally imposing challenge for the TCU product: showing that he's learned the lessons of a second-year player. Dalton has not yet proven that he can handle the weekly grind of the NFL to the extent that he can produce an 11- or 12-win season. The Bengals own a promising collection of young talent, but the thing about young talent (as opposed to seasoned veteran talent) is that it will produce uneven performances over the course of a long season. This game has "letdown" or "trap" written all over it for Cincinnati.

Why Cincinnati Will Win

When sportsbook experts sift through information and context to arrive at a learned conclusion on this game, they won't overthink the matter. Miami is just a second-rate team… actually, the Dolphins might be viewed a third- or fourth-rate club. Young quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as a rookie, has not displayed very much accuracy as a passer this season. He missed wide-open targets on sideline routes in an overtime loss to the New York Jets. It's simply going to be a long, hard and unproductive slog through the slate for the Dolphins this season. That's what life is like with a rookie quarterback for most teams who take on such a burden.

Cincinnati easily eclipses Miami on the perimeter, with superior receivers who have sharply more refined playmaking instincts. The Bengals are also playing this game at home following a two-game road trip. They should be in a good frame of mind for this contest, even though there is some letdown-based danger associated with that reality.

Who Will Win

It’s Cincinnati's game to lose. The NFL is a player's league, more than college football (which is more of a coach's realm), and the Bengals outclass the Dolphins at most positions.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Cincinnati

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