Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins: Watch Live TV Stream Online for Free; Preview
Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline set a team record with 253 yards receiving last week against the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo: REUTERS / Darryl Webb)
Two young quarterbacks face off on Sunday afternoon as the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Miami Dolphins. The game will be broadcast live on CBS in certain markets at 1 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here.
The Bengals are on a three-game winning streak after falling to division rival Baltimore in the season opener. After allowing 58 combined points to rookie quarterbacks over their next two games, Cincinnati's defense settled down last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The Bengals held the Jaguars to 10 points despite missing their top four corners to injury. Cincinnati allowed just 143 yards passing and held running back Maurice Jones-Drew to 38 yards on 13 carries.
Two of the injured Cincinnati corners, Nate Clements and Leon Hall, are expected to play on Sunday, but Dre Kirkpatrick and Jason Allen are not.
Cincinnati's offense, meanwhile, appears to have picked up where it left off last season. Quarterback Andy Dalton is avoiding a sophomore slump and is fifth in the league in passer rating. His primary target has been AJ Green, who is averaging over 100 yards per game and already has three touchdowns. Fellow wideout Andrew Hawkins has been a revelation. The former Toledo Rocket has 247 yards receiving in four games, just 16 yards fewer than he had all of last season.
The Bengals will face yet another young quarterback this week in Ryan Tannehill, the latest Dolphins' signal-caller trying to emerge from Dan Marino's shadow.
The rookie is coming off one of his best games of the season. Tannehill threw for over 400 yards and completed 63.4 percent of his passes in an overtime loss to the then-undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
Brian Hartline has been the primary beneficiary of Tannehill's emergence. Hartline has 455 yards receiving through four games this season, including a 253-yard outburst last week. The fourth-year man has never caught more than 43 passes in a season yet is on pace to more than double that figure in 2012.
Tannehill has also been helped by his top tailback, Reggie Bush. Bush leads the league's fifth-best rushing attack and is averaging over five yards per carry this season.
The Dolphins can stop the run as well. Miami ranks first in the league in opposing rushing yards allowed per game. The squad did face poor rushing offenses over the last two weeks, but the Dolphins also shut down the two great running backs they have faced. The Texans' Arian Foster and the Raiders' Darren McFadden averaged 3.0 and 2.0 yards per carry against Miami, respectively.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the Bengals do not need to run the ball well to win. Cincinnati's strength is in its passing game, and Dalton and Green should take advantage of a Miami secondary that ranks third-worst in the league. Bush and Hartline may make a few plays on offense, but it likely won't be enough.
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