NFL Schedule & Scores 2013: Thursday Night Football October 31 Preview - Red-Hot Bengals Face Miami Dolphins in Halloween Matchup
With the baseball season officially in the books, the spotlight is now shining brightly on the NFL and the Thursday night primetime matchup slated for tonight between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Miami Dolphins. Call it a Halloween special.
The red-hot Bengals are coming off their biggest win in recent history when the team thoroughly destroyed the New York Jets, 49-9. The Dolphins, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back from a 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots.
Although the Bengals are on the prowl for a fifth straight victory, it won't be easy being on the road. The Dolphins will be looking to get back to .500 and the team will be excited to be on the home primetime stage.
"We've got to be the best team Thursday night, plain and simple," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "It's us and the Dolphins and, we've got to be the best team. There's no other challenge. We knew the schedule. That's the way it is. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. You come, be ready to go."
As ESPN pointed out, Cincinnati has scored 103 points throughout the last three games. Quarterback Andy Dalton struggled mightily out of the gates in the first few games and tossed five picks in the first five outings. Since then, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Although the Bengals have bene red-hot, the Dolphins are looking for something to help turn things around. Coach Joe Philbin said his players have to keep their heads up in order to fix things and work their way up.
"If you don't have a strong locker room, if you don't have good character individuals, I think it could be a concern," he said. "I have a lot of faith in our guys. I believe in them. I think we'll get this thing right and fixed. We have to do it quickly; this is a good team coming in here on Thursday night."