Both teams are 0-1 heading into week two, as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Arlington, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys. One team is coming off a run to the super bowl, and another team is off a first-round loss in the playoffs and an even bigger loss in week one.
The Cincinnati Bengals had high expectations coming into the season after their super bowl appearance last season. The Bengals had a very talented roster that came together at the right time last year to make a push in the playoffs. They have a target on their back this season, with the AFC ramping up the competition and teams battling for the top spot.
The Dallas Cowboys always have high expectations coming into a season, and this year was much of the same. After a rough offseason, the offense is going to be put to a test with the limited options they have available. After week one, the uphill battle that Dallas was facing became that much steeper with the unfortunate events that happened. With that in mind, let’s see how these two teams stack up against each other so you can place your bets against their NFL Lines.
NFL Betting Preview of the Cincinnati Bengals versus Dallas Cowboys Week 1 Matchup
Cincinnati Bengals Notes
Joe Burrow was the face of the Cincinnati team last year after he tore his ACL in his rookie season. Burrow had a lot to prove after an unforgettable senior year at LSU. This offseason, Burrow had his appendix removed, which brought out the voices of many analysts and critics.
It is not a one-man show in Cincinnati, as Burrow has many weapons to rely on offensively. Joe Mixon had a great year in 2021-22 and was a big part in the run game for the Bengals. If Cincinnati struggled to get the run game going, JaMarr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd offer a lot at the wide receiver position.
Week one was a bit of a struggle for Burrow and the Cincinnati offense. Burrow threw four total interceptions on the day, three of which came in the first half. The first interception was returned by Minkah Fitzpatrick for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Bengals offense will be faced with another tough task this next week when they travel to Dallas and face the Cowboys defense led by Micah Parsons.
Dallas Cowboys Notes
As if the first three and a half quarters were not bad enough, the Dallas Cowboys received bad news after the game regarding their quarterback. Dak Prescott left the game late in the fourth quarter after feeling discomfort in his thumb. It was learned after the game that Prescott had a fracture and would need to undergo surgery.
Prescott will be out for the next six to eight weeks, which means Cooper Rush will be the quarterback going forward for the Dallas Cowboys. Rush is 1-0 in his career as a starter, and that win came last season at Minnesota. Unfortunately for Rush and the Cowboys, they do not have Amari Cooper, who had a great game in Minnesota last season.
The Cowboys really hurt themselves by not being aggressive in the offseason with skill-position players. Dallas took a gamble by trading Cooper to the Browns and trusting that Michael Gallup will be the wide receiver of the future with CeeDee Lamb. Only time will tell how Dallas will end up this season and for future years.
Bengals vs Cowboys Betting Odds and Lines
- Spread: Cincinnati -7.5
- Money Line: Cincinnati -350 / Dallas +290
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Pick to Win: Cincinnati Bengals -7.5