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Preview: Cowboys at Bengals


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.

EXTRA POINTS

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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Last Injuries

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Geno Atkins

    Shoulder
    day-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.

  • C.J. Uzomah

    Achilles
    I-R | I-R

    Uzomah has hit the injured reserve list a torn right Achilles.

  • LeShaun Sims

    Personal
    day-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.

  • Mike Daniels

    Groin
    day-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.

  • Shawn Williams

    Calf
    day-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.

  • Sam Hubbard

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Bullock is dealing with a knee injury, but he is expected to be in Thursday's lineup versus the Browns.

  • Randy Bullock

    Calf
    Prob 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.

  • Tee Higgins

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Higgins is bothered by a hamstring injury, but it is anticipated that he will face the Chargers on Sunday.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Chidobe Awuzie

    Hamstring
    day-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.

  • Tyron Smith

    Neck
    day-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.

  • Anthony Brown

    Ribs
    Out 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.

  • Cameron Erving

    Knee
    Out 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.

  • Blake Jarwin

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Jarwin has hit the injured reserve list after tearing his right ACL.

  • Luke Gifford

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Gifford sat out the previous game with a hamstring injury, but he is projected to suit up against the Falcons on Sunday.

  • Aldon Smith

    Teeth
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is ailing from a tooth issue, and it is unclear if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Falcons.

  • Jourdan Lewis

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lewis missed the last game with a left ankle injury, but he is likely to play Sunday against the Falcons.