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The Bengals rally to remain unbeaten in the preseason.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Fourth quarter update: Quarterback Matt Barkley’s first drive with the third-team offense ended with a 33-yard field goal for Johnathan Brown which increased the Bengals lead to 14-10. Jordan Willis got his second sack of the day and Philips continued his success on special teams with a 44-yard kickoff return. Running back Brian Hill took all four touches on the second drive of the quarter for 59 yards and his three-yard touchdown reception with 7:46 to go gave the Bengals a 21-13 lead.

Quarterback Logan Woodside also got his first snaps of his career.

Third quarter update: Driskel came back onto the field to start the second half behind the first-team offensive line still on the field, and the line continued to drastically underwhelm. Thanks to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by defensive lineman Jihad Ward, the Bengals barely got in field goal range, allowing Johnathan Brown to nail a 55-yard field goal to give the Bengals their first points of the game.

The next drive for the offense saw Trey Hopkins in at center with the second-team offensive line, and finally the Bengals were able to move the ball down the field. A two-yard Tra Carson touchdown run finished a 14-play 92-yard drive, including two Alex Erickson receptions for 35 yards, and a successful two-point conversion via a John Ross in-route gave the Bengals an 11-10 lead.

The final play of the quarter was a 24-yard punt return by rookie cornerback Darius Philips.

Injuries: Tight end C.J. Uzomah was taken out of action with a facial laceration but returned soon after. Safety Brandon Wilson was also briefly sidelined and cornerback Davontae Harris was taken out due to a knee injury.

Second quarter update: A few minutes after the start of the quarter, the Cowboys offense continued their groove and capped off a 16-play 82-yard drive with a Terrence Williams six-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 10-0. Alex Redmond came on to replace Trey Hopkins at right guard the following drive, where the offense moved the ball a bit, but still allowed numerous pressures coming from the right side of the offensive line.

The second-team offense for the Bengals was lead by quarterback Jeff Driskel, who’s first drive was cut short when wide receiver Tyler Boyd fumbled Driskel’s first pass and completion. Hopkins also came back in for Redmond, and guard Christian Westerman and tackle Cedric Ogbuehi manned the left guard and right tackle spots with Cordy Glenn and Billy Price still out there at left tackle and center, respectively.

The second-string defensive line had much better luck, sacking backup quarterback Cooper Rush twice and forcing a quick three-and-out, giving the Bengals the final 39 seconds to try and get a field goal. But Driskel threw an interception on the first play of the drive, thanks to a herculean effort by cornerback Chidobe Awuzie.

First quarter update: The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead midway through the first period. Quarterback Dak Prescott and company moved the ball down the field with little negative plays against the Bengals defense, while the Bengals offense had the exact opposite experience against a fast front seven in Dallas. The Bengals offensive line allowed a few pressures and forced a few punts, giving the Cowboys great field position.

Injury update: Tyler Eifert and Vontaze Burfict are among the players sitting out tonight.


It’s time for the second Bengals preseason game of the year! This one, is in Arlington Texas as Cincinnati takes on the Cowboys.

Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Game Time: 7 p.m. EST on Aug. 18, 2018

Location: AT&T Stadium

Series Leader: Dallas, 8-4 (regular season)

Streak: The Cowboys have won the last three straight game and four of the last five.

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: 1-3. Jason Garrett: 2-0

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on the Bengals Preseason Network with broadcasters Mike Watts (play-by-play), Anthony Munoz (analyst) and Mike Valpredo (sideline reporter). The network is led by flagship WKRC-TV (CBS Channel 12) in Cincinnati. Also on the network are WKEF-TV (ABC Ch. 22) in Dayton, WSYX-TV (ABC Ch. 6) in Columbus, WLIO-TV (FOX Ch. 8.2) in Lima, WDKY-TV FOX Ch. 56) in Lexington, Ky. and WDRB-TV (FOX Ch. 41) in Louisville, Ky.

Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

Online Stream: NFL Gamepass and NFL.com

SB Nation Cowboys site: The Blogging Boys

Weather: Mid 90’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals, +3.5 [Odds Shark]

TV coverage map (via 506sports.com)

Replay: NFL Network and NFL Gamepass

Prediction: OddsShark projects a 31-11 loss for the Bengals


The Bengals will have their first primetime game of 2018 when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday with a national broadcast on the NFL Network.

The second preseason games is when we usually see starters getting around a full quarter of work. We probably won’t see Andy Dalton and A.J Green for long, but expect much of the offensive line to play for the first half as they look to figure out several position battles while getting rookies like Billy Price as many snaps as possible.

In the first week of preseason action against the Chicago Bears, the Bengals offense looked crisp as Dalton’s only blemish on the day came when John Ross fell on a route, which led to a pick-six. Mixon even caught a touchdown pass in spectacular fashion by making two defenders miss in the open field.

The Cinderella story of seventh-round receiver Auden Tate continued as well. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass after a series of highlight-reel catches that unfortunately were offset by penalties.

The Cowboys are heading into 2018 still looking to see who will fill the shoes of Dez Bryant at receiver. Dak Prescott looked good in his limited appearance last week against the San Francisco 49ers, going three for three with a touchdown pass.

Ezekiel Elliott didn’t play, and that trend will likely continue for the Cowboys who know they can’t afford to lose their star running back.

This is a special occasion for several Bengals players as many grew up playing football in the Texas area. The most noteworthy of course is Dalton, who played for TCU in Fort Worth, and the Bengals also just drafted Malik Jefferson from the University of Texas. Trey Hopkins, who will continue to start at right guard for the time being, is also a former Longhorn.

Jordan Evans may not have been from Texas, but growing up in Oklahoma, the Cowboys were the closest NFL franchise.

It will also be interesting to see if the Bengals make any changes in order to evaluate the competition in certain areas. The offensive line could benefit to see a few new names up front just to see how they do surrounded by the starters. Hopkins and Bobby Hart started the game at right guard and right tackle, and Hopkins has been rotating with Alex Redmond with the first team in the past week of practice.

Third-string quarterback Jeff Driskel may have earned an opportunity to run with the second team after he showed some promise and Matt Barkley floundered with the second unit.

It could also be nice to see Tate with the starters in red-zone situations. More importantly, Tate is expected to be used in special teams more against the Cowboys return unit. As a receiver looking to make the Bengals roster, special teams is always going to be what gets you over the hump, and this news only increases Tate’s chances of staying on the team.