From one player returning from a suspension, to another potentially returning from an injury. There are many prominent players to pay attention to this Sunday; as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Miami Dolphins.
Tight end Tyler Kroft is one player to watch on Sunday. Given fellow tight end Tyler Eifert’s season ending injury last Sunday in Atlanta. Kroft is walking into a familiar situation this Sunday. Being the Bengals primary tight end while Eifert recovers from an injury. Those circumstances first made Kroft a household name for many Bengals fans.
Joe Mixon could be another Bengal to watch on Sunday. Mixon missed the last two games due to an injury. This season before his injury, Mixon was one of the Bengals most reliable players on offense. He participated in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s currently unclear yet possible that Mixon could play on Sunday.
Vontaze Burfict is another player to watch this Sunday. Burfict is returning from a four game suspension. The Bengals defense largely held the fort in Burfict’s absence. Much like Kroft, the Bengals defense approached a familiar situation. Burfict was also suspended going into season.
Another Bengal to watch on defense is Nick Vigil. He continues to lead the Bengals with total and combined tackles. With 40 combined tackles and 34 total tackles going into Week 5. Geno Atkins is another Bengal to watch on defense. He leads the team with four sacks this season.
The Miami Dolphins head into Sunday’s game after a thumping from the New England Patriots last week. Similar to the Bengals, Miami goes into this game with a 3-1 record. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill will give the Bengals defense a serious challenge. A defense that helped the Bengals narrowly beat the Atlanta Falcons last week. Tannehill heads into Week 5 with the AFC’s second best completion percentage.
On the receiving end of many Tannehill completions is Kenny Stills. Leading the Dolphins with 224 receiving yards heading into Week 5. Meanwhile, Frank Gore leads the Dolphins in rushing yards with 139. On defense, William Hayes and Xavien Howard present Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s biggest challenges. Hayes leads the Dolphins with two sacks and Howard leads with three interceptions. Howard currently leads the AFC in interceptions.
Sunday’s game kicks off at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium at 1:00 PM Eastern time.