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Will it be Trick or Treat For the Dolphins against the Bengals?

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As ghosts and ghouls hit the streets on Thursday in hopes of super sized candy bars, the Miami Dolphins will welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to town with the hopes of surprising them with their own tricks and treats.

The Dolphins started out as one of the surprising teams in the NFL this year behind the arm of Ryan Tannehill. At times, Tannehill has looked even more impressive than his fellow 2012 draft mates in Andrew Luck, RG III and Russell Wilson. However in recent games, the Dolphins offensive line has looked horrible and has exposed one of the weakest elements of this team.

Ryan Tannehill needs a rebound game because the past three weeks, he has been a 52 percent passer and has as many turnovers as touchdowns to his credit, or discredit. The Dolphins seem to do a decent job of protecting Tannehill until the opponent knows the Dolphins are abandoning the run. If the Dolphins can’t figure out a way to get Tannehill more time in the pocket, they wont be able to stop the four game losing streak that they are currently on.

On the other end of the ball will be a Cincinnati team that has been able to weather the storm and find it’s way solidly atop the AFC North. After an opening week loss to the Bears, the Bengals won two big ones against Pittsburgh and Green Bay, only to be surprised by the Browns in a game where the Bengals offense just couldn’t get it going. However, after that loss Andy Dalton and company were able to string together four wins in a row, including wins against top-tier teams in New England and Detroit.

The Bengals are far from a dynamic running team. They average only 3.6 yards per run. Former Patriots running back Benjarvus Green-Ellis is a hardnosed player who doesn’t fumble, but he’s neither imposing nor fast nor quick. Giovani Bernard has the ability to break runs with his speed and quickness, but so far he’s more about potential than production. The Dolphins are healthy in the front seven — perhaps as healthy as they’ve been since the season opener. Jared Odrick is coming off his best game as a Dolphins player, having manhandled New England’s Logan Mankins. Let’s see if he can keep it up.

It doesn’t hurt that the Bengals are the only team in the AFC North to be above .500, but having receivers like AJ Green and Marvin Jones will only add to the potential of this team as we hit the backside of the season. Last weekend Jones was the first receiver since 2007 to catch four touchdowns in a game and has caught seven in his last three games.

For the sake of Thursday Night Football, and for those who have been designated to stay home and hand out candy, we certainly hope that the Dolphins make this game interesting. The Bengals are favored by a field goal, but if Tannehill can make things happen, that could quickly change.