The good news for the Cincinnati Bengals is that they have a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time this season on Sunday. The bad news? They have to beat the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys to do it.
Within that big game are smaller games that deserve their own bit of attention. Here are 3 things to watch for as the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys face off this weekend.
1. How will Cincy zero out Zeke? It’s crucial that the Bengals D put a stop to league-leading rusher Ezekiel Elliot. If they can, that’s huge – because Cowboys QB Dak Prescott only has 1 completion greater than 20 yards this year. Zero out Zeke so you can smack Dak.
2. Get right in the red. Between the 20’s the Cincinnati Bengals offense can purr like a custom-made Jaguar. But in the red zone, they stall like that junker you drove when you first got out of college. With Dallas’ average passing D, the law firm of Green, LaFell, Boyd and Gio must capitalize and put points on the board.
3. Own the running game. The Cincinnati Bengals are averaging 3.1 yards per carry. That number can – and dang well SHOULD – be higher against the Cowboys, who are ranked 27th in the league in yards per rush. Andy Dalton will do his part in the passing game, which means that a big rushing day for the Bengals will mean a big W in their win column.