The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to overcome a 1-2 start to the 2016 NFL season. After winning the first game of the season over the New York Jets, Cincinnati has lost two straight contests. Coming off of a 29-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Bengals look to bounce back versus the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night. Miami is also at 1-2 for the season after winning in overtime, 30-24, versus the Cleveland Browns at home. The Dolphins dropped their first two games to Seattle and New England (both on the road).
For the Bengals, TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) and LB Vontaze Burfict (suspension) may play for the first time this season. Eifert is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, and Burfict is returning from a three-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct (hits to the head) in last year’s playoffs. In contrast, the Dolphins have four players out Thursday: C Mike Pouncey (hip), RB Arian Foster (groin), TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), and LB Koa Misi (neck). Cincinnati is favored by seven points. The game will be televised on NFL Network (and available locally) at 8:25 p.m.
The Bengals and Dolphins faced off in 2013 on Thursday Night Football, with Miami winning 22-20 in OT.