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Bengals are underdogs in Andy Dalton’s return to Cincinnati

The three-win Cowboys will be road favorites this week.

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From here on out, the Bengals are going to be underdogs in all four of their remaining games.

The one game Cincinnati had a chance of being favored in was this week’s matchup with the Cowboys, who enter Week 14 at 3-9 and having lost six of their last seven games, four of which being by 3+ scores.

The Bengals haven’t been much better at 2-9-1 and having lost four straight, three by 2+ scores. They’ve looked lifeless since Joe Burrow went down, so it’s no surprised to see sportsbook Bovada has the Cowboys as 3.5-point favorites heading into the matchup.

Both teams have been ravaged by injuries, but Dallas still has a talented offense with three dynamic receivers, a passer good enough to utilize them in former Bengals QB Andy Dalton, and a good running game with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

The Bengals’ defense has played well recently while holding four of its last five opponents to 20 points or less. If the offense can get going, Cincinnati can absolutely beat Dallas this week.

However, that’s easier said than done, especially now that left tackle Jonah Williams is out and running back Joe Mixon won’t come off injured reserve this week. And with Dallas still in the playoff hunt in the putrid NFC East, they have a lot more to play for this week, which could ultimately give them the edge in what should be a close game.