Bengals vs. Dolphins Point Spread: NFL Week 13 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 01, 2020

Brian Flores, Dolphins, 2020

The Dolphins are 7-4 this season including an impressive 6-1 ATS mark at home in their last seven games dating back to last season.

Cincinnati
4-11
AT
December 06, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami
10-6
Pointspread +10 -105
Moneyline +430
Over / Under o +43

31%

Betting Action

69%

Pointspread -10 -115
Moneyline -538
Over / Under u +43

31%

Betting Action

69%

A potentially terrific rookie quarterback matchup unfortunately will not happen now when the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Week 13. The Fins opened as 11.5-point favourites on the NFL odds with a total of 41.5.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Entering the 2019 season, the Dolphins were unofficially “Tanking for Tua” as in then-Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He was considered the consensus top prospect for this year’s draft when last year’s college football season kicked off. Tua was very good for the most part at Bama but suffered a major injury that caused his stock to drop a bit. Miami took him No. 5 overall back in April.

The biggest storyline of the 2019 college football season was LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. He had arguably the best campaign by an FBS quarterback ever, setting numerous records and winning the Heisman Trophy and a national championship. He was a fringe NFL prospect before that but leapfrogged Tua be the top overall pick in April’s draft by Cincinnati.

Burrow and Tua had an awesome duel last year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (LSU won), but will not renew their rivalry Sunday as Burrow suffered a serious knee injury in Week 11 that ended his season and Tua isn’t healthy now, either.

Cincinnati and Miami sadly are not scheduled to play in 2021. They did in Week 16 last year and the Dolphins were 38-35 home overtime winners. Andy Dalton (four TDs) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (four TDs) were the quarterbacks that day.

The home team has covered the past four in this series.

Cincinnati Bengals

Not too surprisingly, the Bengals struggled offensively without Burrow this past Sunday in a 19-17 home loss to the Giants. Even though Ryan Finley had been listed as Burrow’s backup all season, Coach Zac Taylor instead activated Brandon Allen from the practice squad and started him under centre. Allen threw for just 136 yards in his fourth career NFL start. The Bengals didn’t even get into the red zone until late in the fourth quarter. It’s not clear yet who will start this week.

Safety Brandon Wilson scored the Bengals’ first touchdown on a 103-yard kickoff return, the longest in franchise history. Wilson joined Tremain Mack as the only player in franchise history with two kickoff return touchdowns with the Bengals; Wilson also had one in 2019. The Bengals are 7-1 ATS in their past eight after a loss.

Miami Dolphins

Somewhat out of nowhere, Tua popped up on the injured list last week with a thumb injury and wasn’t even active for Sunday’s 20-3 win at the Jets – and it sounds as if Tagovailoa will be out this week too. That means it would be Fitzpatrick under centre. The veteran was solid vs. New York in throwing for 257 yards and two scores.

Miami also had two interceptions of Sam Darnold, marking the 17th straight game for the Fins with at least one takeaway. Cornerback Xavien Howard had his league-best seventh pick. Promising rookie running back Salvon Ahmed also was inactive as he’s dealing with a shoulder injury. Miami is 6-1 ATS in its past seven at home.

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