The Cincinnati Bengals are set to take on the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football this week.

Miami is 3-0 and one of just two undefeated teams left in the NFL (along with the Philadelphia Eagles).

Cincinnati, on the other hand, is off to a tough 1-2 start.

Part of the reason the Bengals haven’t had more success early this season is because of the way opposing defenses are playing them.

Opponents are basically playing soft coverages against the Bengals, taking away quarterback Joe Burrow’s down-field options. And because Cincy’s offensive line hasn’t played very well, the Bengals haven’t been able to take advantage of the soft coverages (running back Joe Mixon is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry this season).

Fortunately for the Bengals, the Dolphins don’t typically play soft coverages — which could lead to a huge breakout game for Burrow (who is excellent against Cover 0).

The Dolphins have a new head coach in Mike McDaniel this season, but he retained defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, who has been with Miami since 2019.

PFF’s Brad Spielberger noted that Miami has actually run more Cover 0 defenses in 2022 under McDaniel than they did previously.

The Dolphins could always change their game plan for the Bengals (they adjusted against the Buffalo Bills last week and ran more Cover 2 in the second half). But if they start the game playing Cover 0 or Cover 1, Burrow will pick apart their defense.

It should be a fun chess match between Burrow and the Dolphins’ defense. If Miami gets overconfident, it could be a long night for the Dolphins.

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