Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys September 18 Betting Preview

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys September 18 Betting Preview

Sam Frohman
3 months ago
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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow hands the ball to running back Joe Mixon vs. Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals will try to brush off their tough overtime loss for their week two matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. The Bengals lost to their divisional rivals in the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 23-20 on a game-winning field goal.

Cincinnati had many chances to win this game with a potential game-winning extra point and field goal in OT despite Joe Burrow throwing four interceptions and also losing a fumble.

The Dallas Cowboys had even worse luck with their Sunday Night Football loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 19-3. Their offense was ultimately what led them to lose this game, as they could not get anything going with or without Dak Prescott being on the field. 

 Prescott went down with an injury late in the game, which will require him to undergo hand surgery that will keep him out for six to eight weeks.

Both of these teams will be hungry to avenge their week one loss. Let’s look ahead at this matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at 4:25 p.m at AT&T Stadium.

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Odds

With the injury to Dak, the Bengals are -8.5 point favorites on the road in Dallas. Their odds at -8.5 are (-108), while the Cowboys odds to cover that spread are (-113).

For the moneyline, the Bengals have odds of (-358), and the Cowboys have odds of (+270). The over/under for total points scored in the game is set at 43 points, with the over and under odds at (-112) and (-109), respectively.

Keys to the Game

For the Bengals, the offense overall will be the biggest key to the game, especially after the rough start last week against the Steelers. Joe Burrow will need to protect the football much better and get the Bengals on the board early to crush the hopes of the Cowboys early in the game.

Tee Higgins went out in the middle of last week’s game with a concussion, so the Bengals will be hopeful for his return to give them another needed weapon on offense. Joe Mixon will be taxed with being the balance to the offense when the passing game isn’t working. He rushed for 82 yards and no touchdowns in the first game of the season.

For the Cowboys, the defense will be the big story after the injury to Dak Prescott. Cooper Rush is expected to get the start for the Cowboys, and expectations are very low for him to perform.

The defense will need to prevent the big play from Burrow and keep the game within reach to give the Cowboys the chance to make a late comeback in front of their home crowd.

Expected Outcome

I like the Bengals to come into Dallas, avenge their week one disappointing loss to the Steelers and cover the spread in this game on Sunday.

Joe Burrow will not have another game this season that is as bad as the one he had last week. Somehow, the Bengals still almost managed to win a divisional game against their rivals, with Burrow giving up the ball five times.

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