A season that basically could not have gone any worse for the Miami Dolphins will finally conclude Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals at home. The Dolphins have been the in the twilight zone, losers of 14 of 15 games, with the only win being an overtime effort vs the Ravens at home two weeks ago. Miami actually put up a solid fight last week against the undefeated Patriots, but in the end were no match for the Pats, falling 28-7.
At home they seem to play better, and considering the Bengals are 1-6 away from Paul Brown Stadium, you would think they have a decent shot to get their second win of the year. Last weekend the Bengals played what they perceived to be their Super Bowl, as they beat the Cleveland Browns and stopped them from clinching a playoff birth as a wild card. They didn’t play all that great, and were lucky the Browns gave the game away with four picks from Derek Anderson.
Cincy will be looking for their 7th win in what has been a disappointing season. They will look for another big game from Kenny Watson, who ran for 130 yards in the win over Cleveland. Carson Palmer was not all that great in tough conditions vs Cleveland, as he threw two picks and only 115 yards in the win. He should have a better game here, as the weather in Florida should be nowhere near as bad as it was in Cincy last week.
For Miami, they will look to Cleo Lemon to have a big day vs a bad Bengals defense. They still allow lots of yards, and the Dolphins should be able to create down the field and make some things happen. Last week Lemon was just 18-for-41 for 171 yards, but again, that was against a good Pats defense that knew he would be throwing – a lot. This week hopefully they can mix it up some more, and not have to force the throw.
The Bengals are the better team talent wise top to bottom, and even with the lackluster outing from Palmer last week, he and the rest of the team should rebound and should be able to end the year with two straight wins and get out of the 07 season 7-9.