NFL Thursday Night Preview: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Miami Dolphins
Thursday, 10/31/13, 8:25 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Cincinnati -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Cincinnati -3
Opening Total:  42
Current Total:  43
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The Miami Dolphins are dangerous home underdogs Thursday night
The Miami Dolphins are dangerous home underdogs Thursday night

Cincinnati has won four games in a row, including a 49-9 blowout victory over the New York Jets as six-point home favorites last Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  The Bengals are 5-15 all-time against the Dolphins, but they’ve split the last four meetings, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL betting lines in Week 9.  The only three times the franchise has won by more than 40 points, a loss has followed in the next game.  Cincinnati is 4-1 SUATS as road favorites of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 3-2 in that situation.

The Bengals have played eight times previously on Thursday, including a 2-2 mark under head coach Marvin Lewis.  Cincinnati ranks 11th in the NFL in scoring 24.6 points per game, while its tied for fifth in allowing just 18.0.  With 2,249 passing yards at the halfway point of the season, third-year quarterback Andy Dalton is on pace to set a Bengals season record by a wide margin.  He has compiled a 116.7 passer rating over his last four games.

Miami has lost four consecutive games since starting the 2013 campaign with a perfect 3-0 record, as it looks to bounce back from a 27-17 setback to the New England Patriots as 6.5-point road underdogs in Week 8.  The Dolphins have won all five of their previous games on Halloween, which is something to consider when making your NFL expert picks.  The team must take care of the football, as it enters this affair with a minus-three turnover ratio, but Cincinnati minus-one in that important category.  Miami is 2-3 SU and 2-2-1 ATS as home underdogs of three or fewer points since 2011.

The Dolphins are hoping that second-year signal-caller Ryan Tannehill continues to improve in the pocket, as he’s on pace for 189 passing first downs, which would be 38 more than what he tallied a year ago.  The former Texas A&M star has thrown five touchdowns in the last two games, but seven of his nine interceptions have come in the past four.

Sports bettors will likely back the Dolphins due to their 5-2 ATS mark in their last seven games at Sun Life Stadium.

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