The Dallas Cowboys sit at 3-1 at the quarter-mark of the 2016 season. When Tony Romo went down with a fracture to a vertebra in his back, not many people had confidence the Cowboys could go 3-1. But as Dak Prescott played more and more in the preseason, then into the early part of the season, there was a belief that Dallas would be okay. The fourth-round rookie has been everything the fans and the organization could have hoped for, and more.
He hasn’t done it alone, Ezekiel Elliott is rounding into form and looking like a stud running back. The Cowboys offensive line , even though it’s been hit with injuries, is doing the job as the Cowboys running game ranks second in the league. Even an injury to Dez Byrant didn’t sink the team.
This week, though, the competition picks up a bit. Dallas has definitely benefited from a soft schedule, on Sunday the Bengals come to town. They are a team that makes the playoffs just about every year and who are a solid, all-around football team, with a superstar in wide receiver A.J. Green and a very stingy, physical defense.
This will be another great test for Dak Prescott. Last week he won on the road, without Dez, and had to orchestrate a comeback to do it. That was a good test, although the 49ers are a bad team. This week, he gets a truly good football team, can he overcome once again?
What You Need To Know
Date: October 9th, 2016
Game time: 4:25 PM EST
Location: AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
TV channel: CBS
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Streaming: NFL.com GamePass (audio during game, video after completion)
Dallas record: (3-1)
Cincinnati record: (2-2)
Latest Injury report (Thursday):
DNP - Did Not Practice
LP - Limited Practice
Dez Bryant - WR - Knee - DNP
Dan Bailey - K - Back - DNP
Chaz Green - OT - Foot - DNP
Lance Dunbar - RB - Knee - DNP
David Irving - DE - Concussion - DNP
Tony Romo - QB - Back - DNP
Orlando Scandrick - CB - Hamstring - DNP
Tyron Smith - T - Back - LP
Clint Bolling - G - Shoulder - LP
Rex Burkhead - RB - Hamstring - LP
Tyler Eifert - TE - Back/Ankle - DNP
Jake Fisher - OT - Back - DNP
Jeremy Hill - RB - Chest - LP
Shawn Williams - S - Thigh - LP
James Wright - WR - Hamstring - DNP
Cedric Ogbuehi - OT - Illness - DNP
Odds: Dallas +1
Prediction: Dallas 24 - Cincinnati 20
Enemy blog: Cincy Jungle
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