Bengals vs Dolphins Prediction & Football Odds for Preseason Week 3
- Bengals QB Joe Burrow is expected to play for the first time this preseason
- High hopes for Miami’s regular-season performance
- Difficult pick for this preseason finale game
In the last week of the NFL preseason, the Cincinnati Bengals host the Miami Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium in a Sunday afternoon matchup. Both teams are entering this game with 1-1 records.
The Bengals beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 in Week 1, and they fell to the Washington Football Team 13-17 the next week. The Dolphins lost to the Chicago Bears 13-20 in the opening match, but in Week 2, they blew out the Atlanta Falcons 37-17.
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Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: MIA -2.5 (-110) | CIN +2.5 (-110)
- MoneyLine: MIA -130 | CIN +105
- Total: 35.5 — Over -110 | Under -110
All odds listed are courtesy of Fanduel Sportsbook.
Bengals vs Dolphins Prediction: Spread
The Miami Dolphins are currently -2.5 favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals, and despite an opening game loss to the Chicago Bears, they improved a lot on their Week 2 matchup against Atlanta Falcons, scoring 37 points to Atlanta’s 17.
It is because of this drastic improvement that I would personally bet the Dolphins to cover the spread; 2 points to cover the spread is certainly not a huge margin.
- Free Prediction: Miami Dolphins to cover the spread at -2.5
Bengals vs Dolphins Prediction: MoneyLine
For this final preseason game, the outcome is hard to predict. Cincinnati hosts, giving them a slight advantage, and quarterback Joe Burrow is scheduled to appear on the field for the first time since his devastating ACL injury in the 2020 season. That being said, Burrow will probably only play for a few drives, nothing too extensive.
To continue listing the bad things for the Bengals, they also have sustained a couple of injuries throughout this preseason. Rookie defensive end and lineman Joseph Ossaid suffered from knee and wrist injuries in the Bengals’ opening game, and another rookie defensive end, Cam Sample, did not return from a shoulder injury in Week 2.
On the Miami side, head coach Brian Flores has said that he is not quite sure whether he will play his starters tonight, but odds say that he will probably refrain from doing so. Despite losing their opening game against the Bears, the Dolphins have been looking good this preseason, which is reassuring.
“He’s confident. He’s winning the 50-50 balls.”
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) August 24, 2021
There are a lot of expectations that the Dolphins are pressured to make heading into the regular season. The 2020 season was arguably one of Miami’s best seasons in a long time, even though they ended up missing the playoffs by one spot.
As of now, the Dolphins have placed a lot of hope in their rookie quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, who has played for the first half in both preseason games. Tagovailoa completed 24 of 34 passes for 282 yards, one touchdown, and one interception this preseason.
Since it is the third and final week of the preseason, it is possible that both teams will refrain from playing their starters for too long, opting to rest them before their first regular-season game. In a nutshell, this preseason finale could be treated as a dress rehearsal for the first regular-season game, or both teams could choose to let their starters rest.
Preseason games are hard to predict in general, but this Week 3 matchup is even more difficult to predict. That being said, I’m taking the Miami Dolphins for this game. Even though Joe Burrow will be making his first appearance since last season, the Bengals’ offense, even with starters, has been unable to make big plays in this preseason, specifically in their last game.
The Dolphins have Tagovailoa on their side, and they absolutely demolished the Atlanta Falcons last week. If Miami can bring the same heat they brought in last week’s game, they should be able to come away with the win.
- Free Prediction: Miami Dolphins -130
Bengals vs Dolphins Prediction: Total
This is a particularly hard game to predict the outcome for the total (35.5), but I would personally bet on the over for this matchup. Despite losing one game apiece, both teams have enjoyed a decently high-scoring preseason; the Bengals have combined for 32 points in both games, and the Dolphins have combined for 50 points in their Week 1 and Week 2 matchups. Given that both Cincinnati and Miami have racked up points in this preseason, I would bet the over for this Sunday night game.
- Free Prediction: Over -110