The Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys are making their respective pushes toward the postseason. The Bengals will look to record their second five-game winning streak in two years when they host the Cowboys in the Queen City on Sunday. Andy Dalton overcame a two-interception performance by running for a 6-yard score in Cincinnati's 20-13 triumph over San Diego last week.
While the Bengals sit two games removed of AFC North-leading Baltimore, the Cowboys' deficit is just one behind the New York Giants in the suddenly competitive NFC East. Dallas secured its third win in four tries by scoring 21 fourth-quarter points en route to a 38-33 victory over reeling Philadelphia on Sunday night. Tony Romo tossed three touchdown passes in the win to become the franchise's leader in that department.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bengals -3, O/U 45.5
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (6-6): DeMarco Murray rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in his return from a six-game absence due to a sprained right foot. With the legitimate threat of a running game, Romo may find the passing lanes more attractive by way of using play-action. Favorite target Jason Witten has 30 receptions in his last four games while talented wideout Dez Bryant has collected six touchdowns in that span.
ABOUT THE BENGALS (7-5): BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has rushed for 100-plus yards in three straight games, is on pace for a career-high 1,180 yards. Like Dallas, a vaunted rushing game will create holes for Dalton as well. That could only spell good news for former Georgia wideout A.J. Green, who will likely be reunited with Cowboys cornerback and Southeastern Conference rival Morris Claiborne (Louisiana State). Green has failed to score in his last two contests following a nine-game touchdown streak.
1. Dallas has won four of the last six meetings, including a 31-22 decision in 2008. Romo tossed three touchdowns in the victory.
2. Romo will need to be on alert against Cincinnati, which leads the NFL with 39 sacks.
3. C Phil Costa became the 10th Dallas player - and sixth starter - to go on injured reserve. Costa partially dislocated his ankle versus Carolina on Oct. 21 and failed to completely recover.
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Key Players to Watch
- Shoulderday-to-day | questionable
Atkins has sat out the past two games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Eagles in Week 3.
- AchillesI-R | I-R
Uzomah has hit the injured reserve list a torn right Achilles.
- Personalday-to-day | questionable
Sims has been absent from the lineup during the last two games due to a personal matter, and it is undetermined if he will take the field against the Eagles during Week 3.
- Groinday-to-day | questionable
Daniels was held out of the previous game with a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Week 3 versus the Eagles.
- Calfday-to-day | questionable
Williams has missed the last two games with a calf injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 3 against the Eagles.
- KneeProb Thurs | probable
Bullock is dealing with a knee injury, but he is expected to be in Thursday's lineup versus the Browns.
- CalfProb Thurs | probable
Bullock was unavailable for the previous game after straining both of his calves, but he is likely to face the Browns on Thursday.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Higgins is bothered by a hamstring injury, but it is anticipated that he will face the Chargers on Sunday.
- Hamstringday-to-day | questionable
Awuzie departed the previous game with a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active Week 3 versus the Seahawks.
- Neckday-to-day | questionable
Smith missed the last game with a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Seahawks in Week 3.
- RibsOut indefinitely | I-R
Brown has been moved to the injured reserve list, and it has yet to be established when he will return to the fold.
- KneeOut indefinitely | I-R
Erving will miss an undetermined length of time while on the injured reserve list due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Jarwin has hit the injured reserve list after tearing his right ACL.
- HamstringProb Sun | probable
Gifford sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.
- TeethQues Sun | questionable
Smith is ailing from a tooth issue, and it is unclear if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Falcons.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Lewis missed the last game with a left ankle injury, but he is likely to play Sunday against the Falcons.