Coming off a 22-7 win over the Dolphins last Thursday, Cincinnati is 2-2 and looking to get back above the .500 mark. It won’t be easy getting their or staying there with games at Dallas and at New England upcoming.
This is part of arguably the most front-loaded schedule that any NFL teams has this season. Dallas is 3-1 and looking like a legit playoff contender after going 4-12 last year.
A big reason for that fall was Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo being out most of the season due to injury. He’s once again out this year after breaking a bone in his back during the preseason, but rookie backup Dak Prescott has been a star in his absence.
Elsewhere, Pro Bowl receiver Dez Bryant is dealing with a knee injury that sidelined him in Week 4, and probably is going to at least linger into this week. If he plays, he’ll go against one of the NFL’s better cornerbacks in Adam Jones, which could be the best matchup of this game to watch.
Bryant suffered a knee injury during Dallas' Week 3 win over the Bears, which looked like nothing at the time as Bryant returned and finished that game. But, it was later revealed Bryant suffered a hairline fracture in his knee. That injury has now also been referred to as a bone bruise.
If he’s unable to play this week, that’s a big loss to Dallas’ offense. The same is true of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who has missed the last two games with a back injury. Missing this week vs the Bengals’ vaunted pass-rush could be a game-changer in this matchup.
Here is everything you’ll need to watch and follow this matchup.
Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys
When: 4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct 9
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter).
Local Radio: Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 82
Odds: Bengals 2-point favorite as of Friday morning with an over/under of 45.5, according to OddsShark. Dallas opened as a 1.5-point favorite, so perhaps the Dez Bryant and/or Tyron Smith injuries are swaying oddsmakers into favoring Cincinnati.
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