At some point, you have to feel sorry for the Miami Dolphins. They play in a division with Bill Belichick, and even two quarterbacks down, the New England Patriots are still undefeated. Both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets consistently outperform them, and they’ve committed to a quarterback who is almost — but not quite — a franchise player.
Ryan Tannehill will try to get the Dolphins to 2-2 on the season when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals this week on Thursday Night Football. The game will kick off at 8:25 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on the NFL Network, with a live stream available via an online Sunday Ticket subscription.
Unlike the past couple of Thursday night games, this one will not be streamed live on Twitter. That feature will return in Week 5 when the San Francisco 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
The Bengals will be a tough test for the Dolphins, though they’re not looking as good as expected in three games thus far. They narrowly won their season opener against the New York Jets, but they have lost their past two games. Then again, those games were against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, both of whom figure to be among the league’s playoff teams by the end of the season.
But Cincinnati also wants to be in that discussion, and with games against the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and the rest of the AFC North on the horizon, the Bengals can’t afford to lose to a team like the Dolphins. Granted, they can’t afford to allow a quarterback like Trevor Siemian to throw for 300-plus yards and four touchdowns either, but they did that in Week 3.
Tannehill will be comforted by that. In two games, he’s completed 73 of 113 passes for 892 yards, which itself is pretty good. Unfortunately for Miami, he’s also thrown four interceptions against five touchdowns, and has been sacked six times.
It’s not like he’s getting much help, though. Tannehill is the team’s leading rusher with 54 yards on 12 carries. Kenyan Drake and Arian Foster have been the starting running backs for Miami this season and have combined for under 100 yards despite the hype surrounding the revamped running game this offseason. Foster, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, will sit out his second straight game due a groin injury.
On the other hand, the Bengals are getting one of their top players back for Thursday night. Controversial linebacker Vontaze Burfict was serving a three-game suspension to start the season but will make his return against the Dolphins. His suspension was for repeated violations of player safety rules, so critical eyes will be on him during the game.
Andy Dalton has played so-so football for the Bengals so far this year. He’s completed 75 of 115 passes for 938 yards, but he’s only thrown two touchdowns and has two interceptions as well. The Bengals run the ball pretty well, though Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard can be inconsistent at times.
Although the Bengals are favored at home against the Dolphins, they are still hoping to look like the team they were a year ago when they went 12-4 and won the AFC North title.
Below is all the information you need to watch Thursday’s game.
How to Watch Dolphins vs. Bengals on Thursday
Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: NFL Network
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket