The Cincinnati Bengals, 2-4 on the season, play host to the Miami Dolphins, 3-3 overall, 3-0 in road games.
The Bengals are trying to bounce back from a 39-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend, while the Dolphins are still steaming over a controversial call which contributed to their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-22.
The Bengals are a -1 favorite and the game Total is listed as 44 points.
Carson Palmer stated that a sore hip will not interfere with play, and he participated in full pads in Friday's practice. Palmer will be looking to connect with the dual threat receivers, Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. Palmer has 10 TDs on the season.
The Dolphins' defensive squad ranks in the middle of the pack against the pass, allowing 216.5 yards per game. The Fins also maintain a rank of 12 in rushing defense, giving up 100.8 yards per game.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Dolphins, led by quarterback Chad Henne with 8 TDs, rank 13th in the pass and 16th in the rush, with 235 and 107 yards respectively. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams lead the rushing attack, each averaging over 4 yards per carry.
The Bengal's defense ranks 20th in the NFL overall, allowing 340 total yards per game.
Stats & Trends
Miami is 3-3 SU (straight up)
Miami is 4-2 ATS (against the spread)
Miami is 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS
Cincinnati is on a 3 game losing streak
The Total has gone under in 4 of Miami's last 5 road games.
The Vikings and the Packers share records of 6-4 during October games, however Green Bay find themselves on a 2 game losing streak.
The Packers failed to cover the spread as home favorites and lost to the Miami Dolphins 23-20 in their last match-up. A total combined score of 43 points rewarded Under bettors.
The Vikings on the other hand are coming off of a home victory over Dallas, besting the Cowboys 24-21 and covering the 1.5 point spread as favorites. The combined score of 45 total points paid those who bet the Over.
Sportsbooks have the Packers listed as a 2 1/2 point favorite, with a Total of 44.
Despite their recent victory, the Minnesota Vikings have a struggling 1st half offense, managing only 51 and 60 yards respectively during the 1st half of their last two games. This is the same team armed with high power options such as Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Randy Moss.
The Vikings are planning to exploit an injury depleted Packer's secondary. In order to do so, the O-line must protect Favre. The Vikings struggled mightily last week against Dallas 3-4 scheme, repeatedly hammering Favre. The Packers will attack in the same fashion with NFL sacks leader Clay Matthews leading the way from his linebacker position after missing a single game to due to injury.
Green Bay has plenty to focus on as well if they want to emerge the victors. Brett Favre is 8-0 against teams in which Dom Capers is the head coach or defensive coordinator. Capers must apply pressure, forcing Favre to make poor decisions and add to his turnover totals, 5 fumbles and 7 interceptions thus far.
The Packer's defense has the stats on their side. In their two games last year Green Bay limited Peterson to less than 100 yards, and they have not allowed a 100 yard rusher over the last 19 straight games, the longest current streak in the league. In addition, Clay Matthews leads the league with 8.5 sacks and will be chomping at the bit after sitting out Green Bay's last game with a tweaked hamstring.
The tougher test may fall on the shoulders of the Packer's offense. Injuries have limited their running game to back-ups and Minnesota owns one of the best defensive fronts in the league.
The Minnesota secondary has proven to be vulnerable and Aaron Rodgers will need to exploit that opening whenever it becomes available.
Stats & Scouts
Green Bay is 0-2 over their last two games.
Minnesota is 3-2 ATS
Green Bay is 2-4 ATS
5 of the last 6 Totals have gone Over during Minnesota - Packers games.
The Total has gone Under in 10 of Minnesota's last 15 games.
The Total has gone Under in 5 of Green Bay's last 6 games.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are -3 point favorite against the Miami Dolphins in Sunday's NFL showdown in south Florida.
The Miami Dolphins' record this season is 3-2. They average 17 points and 347 yards per game.
The Steelers enter Sunday's game with a record of 4-1, and have produced 22 points and 291 yards per game this season on average.
Last season the Steelers were a 3 point road favorite against the Dolphins. They left south Florida with a 30-24 victory after rushing for over 200 yards and intercepting the Fins 3 times.
Ben Roethlisberger made his season debut last week against Cleveland, after serving a 4 game suspension for his infamous off the field activities. Roethlisberger went 16-27, for 257 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
While maybe not quite the Iron Curtain, the Steeler's defense is posting impressive numbers thus far, allowing just 12 points and 296 yards per game.
The Dolphins are not experiencing any benefits from playing at home, posting an 0-2 record this year, falling to the Jets in a closely decided contest, and being slaughtered 41-14 by the Patriots in week 4.
Miami turned things around on the road against the Green Bay Packers, winning in overtime 23-20.
QB Chad Henne was 23-39 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Dolphins' back field of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 137 yards on 32 rushing attempts.
The defensive squad for the Miami Dolphins allows 22 points and 311 yards per game.
WR Mike Wallace has only 12 receptions, but he leads the Steelers with 301 yards receiving, with three TD receptions and with a 25.1-yard average per catch.
DE Brett Keisel has been ruled out of Sunday's game in Miami due to a pulled hamstring muscle. Keisel left the game last Sunday vs. the Browns. Keisel has 14 tackles, one sack, six QB pressures, one interception and a forced fumble in five games.
SS Troy Polamalu leads the Steelers with two interceptions, but he is the only one of the team's top five defensive backs who does not have a pass breakup to his credit. The big-play defender has no forced fumbles, no fumble recoveries, no quarterback hurries and no sacks.
CB Jason Allen doesn't just lead the Miami Dolphin's team with three interceptions (of the team's four total). He also leads with seven passes defensed.
QB Chad Henne, with two touchdown passes against just one interception, posted a positive TD/INT ratio for the third time in his past four games. He has been neutral or better in all but one of his past seven games, the exception being his two-TD, three-pick game against New England in Week 4.
RB Ricky Williams averaged 4.9 yards on his 13 rushes Sunday despite a long of just 9 yards.
WR Brandon Marshall was targeted 17 times on both Sept. 26 against the Jets and Sunday at Green Bay. In between, he saw just eight passes come his way in the loss to the Patriots, catching five.
Sun 10/24 01:00PM NFL - WEEK 7 - Sunday, October 24th - (Byes: DET, HOU, IND, NYJ)