Dolphins vs. Bengals Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 26, 2021

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August 29, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
Paul Brown Stadium
Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +104
Over / Under o +36
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under u +36

The Miami Dolphins will try to build on last week’s 37-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals return home after dropping their first decision of the preseason, a 17-13 loss to Washington. However, Cincinnati is likely to get a big lift from the highly anticipated debut of starting quarterback Joe Burrow.

While Burrow’s return has helped tilt the line in Cincinnati’s favour, this contest remains pegged as a virtual pick ‘em on the NFL pre-season odds, with the total listed at 37.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

These two teams last met in Week 13 of last season, with Miami recording a lopsided 19-7 win as double-digit home chalk. Overall, the Dolphins own a 5-2 record, both straight up and against the spread, in their past seven dates with Cincinnati. However, the Bengals have held the edge in recent dates on home turf, easily covering as favourites in their past two clashes at Paul Brown Stadium while claiming victory by an average margin of 12.5 points.

Pre-season success on home turf has largely eluded the Bengals, who have lost outright in six of eight contests since 2015, including three straight defeats while favoured. The Dolphins also sport a checkered record in pre-season action on the road, going 6-12 over their past 18, capped by a stunning 20-13 loss in Chicago two weeks ago.

Miami Dolphins

After blowing a 13-0 first-half lead in their recent loss to the Bears, the Dolphins bounced back with a vengeance in last weekend’s home date with Atlanta. With quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jacoby Brissett both in the groove, Miami racked up 30 unanswered points on the way to a third straight August win on home turf. Tua saw most of the snaps, going 16-for-23 and tossing for one score in a dramatically improved performance. However, Dolphins coach Brian Flores has yet to confirm whether the 23-year-old will see any action on Sunday. That could open the door for Brissett to see more action after going 8-for-8 against the Falcons.

Cincinnati Bengals

Burrow’s return to action for the first time since his rookie season was cut short by a knee injury is huge news for the Bengals faithful. However, fans and sports bettors alike should temper their expectations, with Burrow expected to take limited snaps as he prepares for the team’s regular-season opener in two weeks. In the meantime, Brandon Allen and Kyle Shurmur have shared duties, and the battle to be Burrow’s backup is likely to continue in Sunday’s contest.

Neither pivot has tossed a scoring pass so far in preseason action, with the lion’s share of the team’s scoring coming courtesy of the kicking duo of Evan McPherson and Austin Seibert. However, the Bengals defence has been steady, particularly in their pre-season-opening 19-14 win over Tampa Bay. Cincinnati limited the Buccaneers to just 159 total yards and followed up with a strong outing from their defensive starters in limited action last week against Washington.

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