All it takes is one freak play to take some of the lusters of what could be an intriguing early game in the NFL. With the Dallas Cowboys without injured quarterback Dak Prescott, this game lost some of its star power.
Visiting Cincinnati is coming off an overtime loss to Pittsburgh while Dallas fell to Tampa Bay in Week 1 so both teams will be looking to avoid 0-2 starts.
According to the NFL odds, Cincinnati (+1100) has the sixth-best odds to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl once again while Dallas (+2200) comes in ninth in the odds to win the NFC.
Everything seemed to be in place for the Cincinnati Bengals to follow their surprising run to the Super Bowl with a season-opening win. Despite facing a Pittsburgh team that saw veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger retire and then losing defensive star T.J. Watt and top running back Najee Harris to injuries during the game, the Bengals never led.
Ja’Marr Chase’s short touchdown catch with two seconds left sent the game into overtime. Chase had 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown while Joe Mixon ran for 82 yards and added seven catches.
Quarterback Joe Burrow did throw for 338 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he threw four interceptions, lost a fumble, and was sacked seven times.
The Bengals had just one sack against the Steelers so that is something that will need to change.
The Bengals have covered against the NFL betting odds in eight of their last nine games.
Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Dallas Cowboys in the opener as they not only lost by 16 points at home but saw Prescott leave after being hit in the hand while throwing the ball. Cooper Rush was just 7 of 13 for 64 yards after Prescott left the game.
Ezekiel Elliott did average 5.2 yards per carrying but he only had 10 rushing attempts. Tony Pollard had a limited impact with 22 yards on eight touches.
Noah Brown led the Cowboys with 68 receiving yards as CeeDee Lamb finished with just two catches.
Micah Parsons picked up where he left off from the NFL Rookie of the Year season with two sacks.
Micah Parsons was one hungry lion on the #TBvsDAL radio call of the week! 🦁 🍽
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 13, 2022
Something to consider for those who bet online, the Cowboys are 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 contests.
Bengals vs Cowboys Injury Report
While the biggest news in this game when it comes to the NFL injury report is that Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott is sidelined with a thumb injury, that is far from the only injury to monitor.
For Cincinnati, offensive linemen Alex Cappa (knee) and Cordell Volson (hip), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (back), defensive back Tre Flowers (ankle), tight end Hayden Hurst (groin) are probable, tight end Devin Asiasi (quadricep) are probable. Receivers Tee Higgins (concussion) and Trent Taylor (hamstring) as well as defensive tackle Josh Tupou (shin) are questionable. Safety Tycen Anderson, linebacker Joe Bachie (knee), defensive end Khalid Kareem (hamstring), and offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (wrist) are out indefinitely.
Dallas receiver Michael Gallup (knee) is doubtful. Prescott is out indefinitely as is defensive end Tarell Basham (thigh), safety Jayron Kearse (knee) and offensive lineman Connor McGovern (ankle). Receiver James Washington (foot) is not expected back until mid-October.
Bengals vs Cowboys Head-to-Head
Dallas has won the last four games against Cincinnati. However, the teams have met just twice since 2013.
In the most recent meeting, Dallas won 30-7 as a three-point favorite on the road late in the 2020 season. Prescott missed that game as well due to injury as Andy Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes with one of the scores going to Pollard.
Cincinnati’s last win in the series came on Nov. 7, 2004, with a 26-3 victory as a one-point underdog at home.
Dallas has covered in each of the last three meetings while four of the last five matchups have finished under the total.
Bengals vs Cowboys Game Information
- Records: Bengals 0-1 vs Cowboys 0-1
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 18
- Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- How to watch Bengals vs Cowboys? ESPN
Bengals vs Cowboys Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
Bengals vs Cowboys Betting Lines
Bengals vs Cowboys Prediction
It seems rather unlikely that Burrow will have a second straight game with five turnovers. However, the Bengals line will need to slow Parsons to allow Burrow to do his thing. Cincinnati having three offensive linemen on the injured list is a problem. The good news is that Burrow could get Tee Higgins back as well.
With a week of preparation, Rush should look better as the Dallas quarterback than he did in relief of Prescott. Not having both Michael Gallup and James Washington hurts a bit.
The total has gone under in 10 of the last 13 games for the Cowboys as well as in the last six games for the Bengals. The total of 42 could result in that trend ending and this game going over the total.
The line of 7½ while going on the road seems a bit high for Cincinnati to cover. Dallas does have experience playing without Prescott so things shouldn’t fall apart even without the franchise QB on the field.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.