PRIMER: Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals


All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.

Game: Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)
Time: 1:00 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Cowboys, 6-4
Streak: Cowboys have won four of the past six.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis 1-1. Garrett: 0-0
Broadcast: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 91 (Dal.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 234 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Blogging the Boys Game Center
Weather: 57 percent chance of rain and 58 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Orange


  • Bengals aim to generate a win in their fifth straight game.
  • In his past two home games, quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for 409 yards and seven touchdowns for a passer rating of 120.8.
  • Dalton has generated a fourth-quarter passer rating of 100.1 in 2012, second best in the AFC (Peyton Manning, 107.9).
  • For his career, Dalton is 5-1 against the NFC.
  • Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis can become the first Bengals running back with 100 yards rushing in four straight games since Paul Robinson in 1968.
  • Green-Ellis needs 115 yards rushing to reach 1,000 yards for the second time in his career.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green has 16 receptions for 268 yards receiving and two touchdowns in two games against the NFC this season.
  • Green, with a career-best 10 touchdowns, has 17 since 2011 -- most among AFC wide receivers.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham has received 50-plus receptions for a third straight season.
  • Bengals defense leads the NFL with 39 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (9.5) needs half-a-sack to become the fourth Bengals player with 10-plus sacks since 1982.
  • Atkins leads all defensive tackles in the NFL with 20 sacks since 2010.


  • Tony Romo completed 22 of 27 passes for 303 yards passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions last week for a passer rating of 150.5.
  • Romo (168) surpassed Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (165) for most touchdown passes in franchise history.
  • In his only game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Romo generated three touchdowns and a passer rating of 106.2.
  • Felix Jones posted 96 yards rushing on nine carries, including a 33-yard touchdown in his only game against the Bengals.
  • When running back DeMarco Murray generates 18 carries or more, the Dallas Cowboys are 8-0 -- has 939 yards rushing (117.4 yards/game) in this eight games.
  • Wide receiver Dez Bryant has 29 receptions for 475 yards receiving (118.8 per game) and six touchdowns in his past four games -- also looking to record a touchdown in his fifth straight game.
  • Tight end Jason Witten has 80 receptions in his past nine games.
  • Since 2007, Witten has 532 receptions, most in the NFL by a tight end.
  • Linebacker DeMarcus Ware has 18.5 quarterback sacks in his past 18 games against the AFC.
  • Ware, who has generated 35.5 sacks in his past 31 games, has 101.5 sacks since 2006, most in the NFL.

(stats pages at no longer sortable; not all rankings listed)

Offense Bengals Cowboys
Total 356.8 (15th) 379.1 (8th)
Scoring 25.2 (10th) 23.3 (15th)
Third Downs 35% (25th) 43% (8th)
Rushing 115.1 (13th) 82.4 (32nd)
Rushing TDs 9 (t-12th) 6 (t-25th)
20-Yard Runs 10 4
Passing 241.8 (13th) 296.7 (2nd)
Passing TDs 25 (t-4th) 20 (t-9th)
Sacks Allowed 27 (t-18th) 28 (t-20th)
20-yard Passes 32 41
Defense Bengals Cowboys
Total 331.3 (8th) 336.7 (11th)
Scoring 21.7 (t-14th) 24.6 (21st)
3rd Downs Allowed 37% 38%
Rushing 110.2 (11th) 116.5 (17th)
Rushing TDs 10 11
20-Yard Runs 5 10
Passing 221.1 (11th) 220.2 (10th)
Passing TDs 13 16
Sacks 39 (1st) 24 (22nd)
QB Rating 85.7 95.0
20-Yard Passes Allowed 40 42
Interceptions 9 (t-21st) 5 (32nd)
Fumble Recoveries 9 (t-6th) 7 (t-21st)
Forced Fumbles 13 (7th) 11 (t-10th)
Special Teams Bengals Cowboys
Kickoff Return 23.1 (17th) 21.5 (27th)
Punt Return 12.0 (5th) 10.4 (t-12th)
Punting (Net) 41.7 39.8
Punts Inside the 20 24 23
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