The Bengals’ matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (a 28-14 Dallas win) looked like a game from the NES classic Tecmo Bowl– only it was 22 Bo Jacksons vs Arkansas Baptist Community College, if the Buffaloes were on 8-bit.
What Went Wrong for the Cincinnati Bengals
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot trucked the Cincinnati Bengals for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 15 carries. He saw more daylight than Savings Time. Dak Prescott completed 75% of his passes for 227 yards. Even more impressive, he kept alive his incredible streak of not throwing an interception in 5 games this season.
Cincinnati Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton did throw for 249 yards and 2 scores. He was also put on the turf 4 times behind an offensive line that struggled to keep the pressure off of him, and paved the way for just 96 rushing yards for the team. All-everything receiver AJ Green was held to just 4 catches for 50 yards.
The Dallas O-line, on the other hand, had quite the day. They produced 180 yards rushing and yielded only 1 sack. They built a 28-0 lead that lasted until there were only 10 minutes left in the game.
The Cincinnati Bengals should be showing up more at this point in the season. If they repeat this kind of performance, even the 0-5 “little brother” Browns could give them a run for their money. With a game against the New England Patriots on deck, the Cincinnati Bengals could lose some serious momentum at a time when they really don’t need to.