(Photo: Reuters/John Sommers II)
Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins is the big Thursday Night Football game in Week 9 of the NFL 2013 regular season as the Bengals look to continue their drive towards confirming their spot in the postseason. For the Dolphins though, things are looking increasingly desperate if they are to make a push for the playoffs, and they will need a win today to give themselves a chance in the AFC East. Thursday Night Football starts at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Bengals come into this game on 6-2 and are clear at the top of the AFC North. All their divisional rivals are struggling this season with their closest competitors being the Baltimore Ravens who are well back on 3-4. In third are the Cleveland Browns who are 3-5, and bottom of the pile are the Pittsburgh Steelers who are a lowly 2-5.
Meanwhile the Dolphins are third in the AFC East and are behind both the 6-2 New England Patriots and the 4-4 New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills are the current basement team in that division with a record of 3-5.
The Bengals have won their past four straight games, and are looking increasingly assured. Last week they hosted the New York Jets and demolished them 49-9 in a spectacular display that sent a message out to other NFL teams that Cincinnati have arrived and will be a challenge for anyone in the postseason.
Andy Dalton has been in fantastic form and is 183 of 279 for 2,249 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has connected efficiently with A.J. Green who has gone 734 yards on 46 receives, for an average gain of 16 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Meanwhile the Dolphins are struggling badly of late, and things got even worse in Week 8, losing 17-27 on the road to the New England Patriots. They fell in Week 7 at home to the Buffalo Bills 21-23 as well, and now come into tonight's game having lost four straight games following their 3-0 start to the season.
It is unlikely that the rot will stop tonight though, and they could easily fall to five straight losses against the high flying Bengals today.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football will start at 8.25 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the NFL Network or online through free live stream by clicking here.