Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25p.m. EST
The Cowboys again? Yup. This time the Bengals are coming to town as the Red Rifle returns to his homeland. He’s actually from Katy, 4 hours south of Dallas, but went to TCU which is less than an hour West. So it is a homecoming of sorts for him. The other reason to watch this game? Both teams are very talented and though we’re a ways away, this is a potential Super Bowl matchup. Like I said, we’ve got a long way to go, but both teams are expected to win their divisions.
Keys to the Game
The Bengal offense should have a field day against Dallas, the real focus will come on defense. Limiting Dez Bryant’s touches will be their main concern as he is by far the Cowboys’ biggest weapon. The Dallas O-Line is stout, so expect Cincy to get creative in order to bring pressure and get to Romo.
Taking away A.J. Green would be nice, but Cincinnati has enough weapons outside of him to beat the Cowboys’ weak defense. They will want to play keep-away and control the ball. Dallas should use their bullying offensive line to establish the run game and let Ezekiel Elliott and company chew up the clock while hitting Dez whenever Cincinnati dares to use single coverage. Establishing the run game will go a long way towards freeing up Dez in the secondary.