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Uphill climb awaits loser of Dolphins-Bengals game Thursday

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, eluding the reach of Cleveland Browns rusher Gabe Wright, hopes to continue Miami’s recent success against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins have won the past three meetings, including two in Cincinnati, where Thursday’s game begins at 7:25 p.m. on NFL Network.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, eluding the reach of Cleveland Browns rusher Gabe Wright, hopes to continue Miami’s recent success against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dolphins have won the past three meetings, including two in Cincinnati, where Thursday’s game begins at 7:25 p.m. on NFL Network. TNS

Dolphins (1-2) at Bengals (1-2)

7:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network

Line: Bengals by 7 1/2

The Bengals are in unfamiliar territory after consecutive losses dropped their record under .500 for the first time since early in the 2013 season. The usually-elite Bengals’ defense finds itself in the middle of the pack. The Dolphins are facing struggles of their own, just four days removed from allowing 430 yards of offense to the Browns, who started a third-string rookie quarterback. Miami has come up short in its two matchups against playoff teams from last season. The losers of this contest digs themselves into a seemingly insurmountable hole in their respective divisions.

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