At a dismal 4-8 record, it seems crazy to suggest that the Dallas Cowboys still boast a great shot at winning their division and qualifying for the post-season, but it’s been a crazy year!
The Cowboys enter Week 14 with a lot to play for, and they seem to be finding their groove and getting healthier at the right time. Though they lost last week on Tuesday night to the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas showed well and has been steadily improving since the early portions of the season.
For the Bengals, there really is not all that much to play for, or optimism right now for that matter. After losing rookie QB Joe Burrow, their offense has looked dismal. They hold a 2-9-1 record, and likely their top priority from here on out is evaluation players and figuring out who is within the core, and who is not. And let’s be honest – losing some games to get a better draft pick so Joe Burrow can get some help would be great as well.
With Dallas having a lot to play for, it’s always exciting to watch the drama surrounding the Cowboys unfold. Continue to read on beneath the current odds for our take on this Dallas/Cincy showdown. We’ll have game analysis, team news, and finally – our winning wager for this Week 14 clash. Enjoy!
Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -3 (-110)
@ Cincinnati Bengals +3 (-110)
Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals Pick:
A nice little storyline in this contest will be Andy Dalton going back to Cincinnati, now as the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback. He gave the Bengals a solid decade, but was quickly disposed of. You can bet, he’d still like to show his old organization that he can still play.
Though Dallas hasn’t gotten great pass protection this season, that doesn’t matter all that much against the Bengals. Cincy virtually possesses no pass rush, and that should be a good thing for the accurate Dalton to hit his trio of talented receivers downfield.
On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott might finally be in for a big outing as the Bengals are quite porous when it comes to defending against the run game. Mediocre rushers have gashed Cincinnati lately, so Elliott and Tony Pollard should be able to really control the tempo of this contest with a steady dose of the ground attack.
The Bengals meanwhile enter amid some confusion. Both Brandon Allen and Ryan Finley are banged up, but regardless of who gets the start – they’re both too incompetent to consistently move the ball. Even though the Dallas defense is by no means stout, the Cowboys should be able to apply all kinds of pressure against a Bengals’ offensive line that offers minimal protection. Without time and space, it seems unlikely Cincinnati can take advantage of positive matchups in the secondary.
Though Dallas has had less time to prepare after playing Tuesday, it shouldn’t matter against the lowly Bengals. The Cowboys continue to fight for an improbable playoff spot, and there is still a lot of talent and pride within their roster. Expect Dallas to secure a much-needed victory in fairly convincing fashion on Sunday.