Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys look to keep the respective playoff hopes alive as they meet on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in NFL Football action. The Bengals are -2 point favorites over the Bengals with an over/under point total set at 45.5.
The Cincinnati Bengals have gotten hot and while they are in third place in the AFC North with four games remaining they are very much in the playoff mix. Andy Dalton has completed 63.4 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while being sacked 27 times. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has improved the Cincinnati ground game averaging 3.9 yards per carry with five touchdowns but he is getting stronger as the season goes on. A.J. Green has 76 catches and 10 touchdowns, Jermaine Gresham has 51 catches and five touchdowns, and Andrew Hawkins has 39 catches and three touchdowns. Defensively the Bengals allow 21.7 points per game, 110.3 rushing yards, and 221.1 passing yards with nine interceptions and 39 sacks. Rey Maualuga has 96 tackles, Vontaze Burfict has 85 tackles, and Geno Atkins has 9.5 sacks. The Steelers have the tiebreaker edge on the Bengals but they get another chance to face off on the field.
The Dallas Cowboys are still alive in the NFC playoff picture but they can’t afford any more losses from this point forward. Tony Romo has completed 67.1 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while being sacked 28 times. Demarco Murray is back in the backfield and he is averaging 4.2 yards per carry with two touchdowns while catching 21 passes and Felix Jones is averaging 3.6 yards per carry with three touchdowns while catching 25 passes with two more touchdowns. Jason Witten has 88 catches and a touchdown, Dez Bryant has 71 catches and eight touchdowns, and Miles Austin has 51 catches and five touchdowns. Defensively the Cowboys allow 24.6 points, 116.5 rushing yards, and 220.2 passing yards with just five interceptions and 24 sacks. Bruce Carter has 70 tackles, Anthony Spencer has 65 tackles, and DeMarcus Ware has 10 sacks. If the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs this is more than likely the final year for Head Coach Jason Garrett.
Cincinnati is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 5-1 against the spread following a win, and 3-7-1 against the spread in their last 11 home games. Dallas is 3-9 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall.
The total here is set at 45.5 but this looks like a physical hard hitting game that looks like it will come in below that number.