Cincinnati at Dallas 2016 NFL Expert Predictions

Written by on October 7, 2016

We may only be heading into Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season, but there are already a number of teams who are in a little bit of trouble. Surprisingly enough, some of those teams are ones that we all thought would be very good this year. You have the Arizona Cardinals at 1-3, and the Cincinnati Bengals at 2-2. Things are particularly rough for the Bengals, as they have a schedule coming up over the next few weeks that does not play into their favor. They are sitting third in the AFC North behind the Steelers and Ravens right now, and could find themselves even further adrift if things continue to go poorly. You hate to talk about a must win game this early in the season, but given how the Steelers are playing, Cincinnati really does need to start picking up some wins of they want to have any hope of winning the division. Their tough stretch of games gets underway on Sunday when they head to Dallas to play the Cowboys in “The House That Jerry Built.”

In Depth Analysis On The Bengals at Cowboys 2016 NFL Expert Predictions

When: Sunday, October 9 at 4:25 PM EST
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network

Why bet on the Cincinnati Bengals

After a sluggish 1-2 start to the season, the Cincinnati Bengals finally looked a little more like themselves in a 22-7 Week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins in prime time. I say that the Bengals looked like themselves, but perhaps that should be amended to read that AJ Green did, as he put on a show, racking up 173 yards on 10 receptions. Given that the Bengals managed 285 yards through the air in that game, it’s fair to say that Green’s contribution was immense. The problem that the Bengals have right now, though, is that they have no running game. They have been held under 100 yards on the ground in 3 of their 4 games this season, and now have to face a Cowboys D that is very stingy against the run.

Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys

After losing the opening game of the season to the New York Giants, the Cowboys have hit their stride and reeled off 3 straight wins. Much of the credit for that turnaround has to go to rookie QB Dak Prescott, as the young man is on pace to break all sort of rookie records. His cause has certainly been helped by the fact that Dallas has been efficient on the ground as well as through the air. That allows them to keep opposing defenses on their toes, and with Prescott steering clear of errors, this team is going on all cylinders at the moment.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It’s easy to look at the Bengals being 6-1 in non-conference games over the past couple of years and see them as a shoe-in here. What I see is a team that is struggling to move the ball. If the Cowboys close down AJ Green, what next for Cincinnati? I lie the Cowboys in a low scoring game.

Cincinnati Bengals 17 Dallas Cowboys 20