4:25 pm
September 18

Bengals @ Cowboys

Who will WIN this matchup?

Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

@ Dallas Cowboys (0-1)


Current odds:

Cincinnati Bengals: (-345)

Dallas Cowboys: (+270)


The spread for the game is Cincinnati by 7 points.

The Cowboys (0-1) defeat was compounded by the loss of Dak Prescott to a thumb injury on his throwing hand that will sideline him multiple weeks during their 19-3 setback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. The Bengals (0-1), in turn, likely will see Joe Burrow spend time in a doctor’s office should he endure another seven-sack performance like he did in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When given time to throw, Burrow connected with wideout Ja’Marr Chase (10 catches, 129 yards, touchdown) and running back Joe Mixon (career high-tying seven receptions, 63 yards) out of the backfield. He also hopes to welcome back Tee Higgins, who was limited in practice Wednesday after sustaining a concussion early in Week 1.

While Burrow looks to rebound from a difficult start, Cooper Rush will be making his first start for the Cowboys since stepping in for Prescott last season. Rush threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 20-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31. Rush’s touchdown passes in that game were reeled in by Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr., who are now playing with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, respectively.

In addition to Prescott, Dallas starting left guard Connor McGovern (ankle), safety Jayron Kearse (knee) and defensive end Tarell Basham (thigh) did not practice on Wednesday. All four are expected to miss Sunday’s game, per coach Mike McCarthy.

StreakSmarter Pick
Cincinnati Bengals