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The Cowboys ground game is top notch but so is the play of Cincy's front seven. Who will give? The results of the contest this weekend likely will ride on the answer.

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Bengals confident in facing Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys' offensive line     Jason Marcum, Cincy Jungle

The Dallas Cowboys have an outstanding offensive line and a high profile rookie running back; their opponent this weekend has a front seven that is geared toward stalemating the enemy up front. Something is going to have to give and the Cincinnati Bengals are confident that it will be their counterparts in Blue and Silver.

"We hear a lot about their offensive line and a lot about this Dallas Cowboys offense, but we'll see what happens Sunday. We might be hearing about this Bengals defense after this." - Domata Peko

Perhaps, but football games are played on the gridiron on Sundays not in the media through the week. The match up between two units who each have the power to take over and dominate the game should lead to some interesting battles for fans to watch.

Linehan Says Tony Romo Looks Comfortable Throwing Passes     David Helman, DallasCowboys.com

Not that the Cowboys need to rush Tony Romo the way they did last season, but it is always good to hear that a player is progressing in his quest to return to the field.

"I don't think he's really getting carried away with drops, but he's stepping through and throwing. It looks like he feels good, and he tells me he does feel good." - Scott Linehan

Speculation continues to grow that the Cowboys are expecting the quarterback to make his return around the time the team faces division rival Philadelphia but the Dallas coaching staff remain mute regarding anything other than the progress being made. The most important thing at this point is that Tony gomes back healthy and ready to finish out the season and make a playoff run.

Cowboys hopeful that Dan Bailey plays Sunday, but prepare for worst by working out trio of kickers     Brandon George, Dallas Morning News

Life without Romo, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Orlando Scandrick, and La'el Collins has been pretty good for the Cowboys, but how about getting by without Dan Bailey? It is a distinct possibility that someone else could be handling the kicking duties for Dallas on Sunday.

Rising shutdown cornerback Morris Claiborne ready for next test     Clarence E Hill, Jr., Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Fans have been waiting for years to see this headline appear in print. Morris Claiborne is finally starting to look like the defensive back that had scouts around the league comparing him to Deion Sanders. It may be a little early to start linking 'shutdown' and Mo Claiborne together, but the fact remains he has the best completion against percentage of any corner in the league and he has done it against some damned good receiver.

After more than holding his own against players such as New Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, San Francisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith and Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffrey, Claiborne next faces Cincinnati Bengals standout A.J. Green.
Green leads the NFL in receptions with 32 catches for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

Number 24 might be facing his toughest test to date, but his attitude is squared away and he has a plan for going out and proving once again that Dallas made a wise move in bringing him back.

DeMarcus Lawrence remains limited in practice; Cowboys uncertain if he'll play vs. Bengals     Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News

Will he or will he not; with an apology to Shakespeare, that is the question. Fans have been looking forward to the return of DeMarcus Lawrence to give the team a boost to its pass rush. That may not happen for a pair of reasons. First Lawrence has not seen any on the field work in about six weeks and it takes time to get back into game shape. There is also a little factor involving his back. Lawrence says it is not an issue, but things are slowly leaking out that his back might not be fully recovered from off-season surgery. Who knows? A lot seems to depend on how Lawrence responds to close out the week.

We got to see where he's at tomorrow. He did a little bit more today than he did [Wednesday]. We'll get a better feel tomorrow when he wakes up and comes in. Hopefully he'll be feeling good." - Rod Marinelli

We should know the answer Saturday. If Dallas activates DeMarcus then he will be playing, then he should return for next weekend.

Remembering Emotional 2012 Game Vs. Bengals     Pat Doney, NBCDFW

Pat and Brandon George recall one of the more emotional weekends in recent Cowboys history.  It is fitting that we take a moment this week and remember the life of practice squad member Jerry Brown, Jr. who lost his life at the hand of his friend and teammate Josh Brent.