Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati Bengals Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1 p.m. ET

Cowboys at Bengals Betting Preview: Cowboys (-3.5/-110), Bengals (+3.5/-110)

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys (3-9) have had a disastrous initial season under Mike McCarthy as injuries have ravaged key parts of the offense, and the defense has severely underperformed within a new scheme. Dallas has lost two straight games, and dropped six of seven. Dallas has just one road win this season, in six tries, but it was their most recent victory, a 31-28 decision at Minnesota on Nov. 22.

The Cowboys most recent pair of games does not give confidence a late-season turnaround is evident, however. Washington pulled away in the second half for a demoralizing 41-16 win in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Then, with nearly two full weeks to prepare, the Cowboys appeared powerless to stop or even slow down the Baltimore Ravens’ ground-based offense in a 34-17 loss on Tuesday night. Defensively, the front seven has been porous all season; Dallas ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense (167.8 yards per game allowed) and in scoring defense (32.8 points allowed per game).

Dallas has good talent on the outside with flankers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, but a sub-par year from running back Ezekiel Elliott (3.9 yards per carry, four lost fumbles) and the injuries to quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle) and across the offensive line have taken away much of the Cowboys consistency week-to-week, particularly in the red zone. Andy Dalton (1,155 yards, seven TDs, six INTs) will make his first start as a member of the opposition this week in Cincinnati, where he was the Bengals’ starter the past nine seasons.

Cincinnati Bengals

Whatever early-season optimism the Bengals (2-9-1) were building, it evaporated three games ago when rookie quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a season-ending knee injury in a loss at Washington. But Cincinnati remains a potentially tough out, especially at home where the club is 2-3 with wins over Jacksonville and Tennessee. The Bengals have been tied, or held the lead, at halftime in each of the last three games, all losses.

Leading rusher Joe Mixon remains on injured reserve and quarterback Brandon Allen has been non-descript in his two starts since Burrow’s injury. Talented young wide receivers Tyler Boyd (73 receptions, 797 yards) and Tee Higgins (53-729) have provided most of the punch of late for Cincinnati, which has been held to a combined 10 points in the second half during its four-game losing skid.

Cincinnati has had a revolving door situation in the secondary for most of the season, and that continues this week. Cornerback Darius Phillips (groin) returns after a three-week stint on injured reserve, but safety Shawn Williams earned a one-game suspension from the league for stepping on offensive lineman Solomon Kindley in the loss at Miami on Sunday. The Bengals are firmly in the middle of the pack in points allowed per game (25.7), but rank just 29th in rushing defense (134.3 yards per game).

Cowboys at Bengals Betting Pick for Week 14

The Bengals are a home underdog, which might be surprising given the Cowboys’ short week of preparation and tough travel schedule. Dallas played at Baltimore on Tuesday, flew home, and then was expected to fly to Ohio on Saturday. Cincinnati, however, has been essentially stymied offensively since Burrow’s injury and Dallas — in theory — will have the best quarterback on the field in this matchup.

And while Dallas has been unable to do much against run-heavy offenses this season, the Bengals haven’t been to do much on the ground all season. Cincinnati ranks 30th in the NFL with just 91.6 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys dictated the terms for the most part at Baltimore, but were done in by red-zone failures and big plays allowed on the ground. And while Cincinnati has nothing to play for in terms of the playoffs, the Cowboys remain alive in the NFC East.

Cowboys at Bengals Betting Pick:

Cowboys 23, Bengals 10

Cowboys at Bengals Best Bet for Week 14

Dalton will be motivated, and Dallas will be in last-stand mode heading into this one. With the Bengals lacking the offensive structure to attack the Cowboys’ weakest point, Dallas should be able to find a way to get back on the winning track. It won’t be easy, and Dalton’s limitations could make it closer than the Cowboys would like, but the Bengals at this point seem unable to match anyone score for score.

Cowboys at Bengals Best Bet: UNDER 42.5 total points (-114)

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Football Team Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, FedExField, Landover, Maryland, 1 p.m. ET

Bengals at Washington Betting Preview: Bengals (+1.5/+102), Washington (-1.5/-120)

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals (2-6-1) appear to be the same team that earned the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, but have improved in Year 2 under Zac Taylor and in the debut season of No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow.

Slotting in the AFC North with undefeated Pittsburgh and playoff-contenders in Baltimore and Cleveland, Cincinnati has still managed to contend most weeks. The Bengals are 1-2-1 this season in one-score games after an 0-8 mark in 2019.

Cincinnati is just two weeks removed from an impressive home win over the Tennessee Titans, but remains 0-4-1 on the road. Burrow has earned high marks so far for his accuracy and poise, and he’s thrown for 2,485 yards and 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions this season.

But with running back Joe Mixon still a question mark due to a foot injury, the Bengals’ one-sided offense was exposed at Pittsburgh where Burrow slumped to just 212 passing yards and the team finished 0-for-13 on third down conversions.

Injuries and COVID-19 issues have played havoc in the secondary, and the Bengals allowed 333 passing yards and four passing touchdowns to the Steelers after having just three cornerbacks available for that matchup. Cincinnati should get some stability there as cornerbacks Leshaun Sims and Mackensie Alexander are projected to return on Sunday.

Washington Football Team

Incredibly, Washington (2-7) remains in the division title chance thanks entirely due to the division in which it resides. The NFC East is a combined 2-18-1 against teams outside its division in 2020.

Any team that can string together two or three wins can seize control, and Washington has looked capable of late after the insertion of Alex Smith as the starting quarterback. Washington has lost two straight, but by a combined six points, with Smith at quarterback.

Dwayne Haskins’ ineffectiveness and Kyle Allen’s ankle injury have left the offense unproductive most of the season. But Smith posted career highs of 38 completions and 390 passing yards in a 30-27 loss at the Detroit Lions in Week 10. Smith sparked Washington to a 21-point second-half comeback, and the 27 points scored were the most for the team since a Week 1 win against Philadelphia (27-17).

Defensively, Washington will lean on a front four stocked with first-round draft picks, including 2020 No. 2 overall selection Chase Young. Kendall Fuller has snagged four interceptions. Washington has held just two opponents under 20 points all season, and won both games.

Bengals at Washington Betting Pick

Bruised by a tough division featuring strong pass rushers, the Bengals are 0-4 in the AFC North. But they’ve more than held their own outside of it (2-2-1).

With injuries decimating the offensive line and secondary in recent weeks, Cincinnati was ill-prepared for the Steelers. But with some of those players returning, and with Burrow manning the controls, the Bengals have been a tough out for most teams on the schedule.

Washington is 2-3 at home, but thus far has been incapable of winning outside the NFC East (0-5). Smith has given the team a needed offensive spark, and he and receiver Terry McLaurin (57 catches, 787 yards, three touchdowns) could give the Bengals fits.

Bengals at Washington Betting Pick:

Bengals 28, Washington 24

Bengals at Washington Best Bet

Cincinnati will be looking to bounce back from one of its worst offensive performances of the season and, to date, Burrow has yet to produce consecutive games that don’t pass muster. The Bengals have reached 30 or more points five times this season, while Washington has yet to score more than 27.

With good weather conditions in the forecast, and both teams dealing with secondary injuries, points could be plentiful. Smith has provided a lift, but Washington still hasn’t proven it can win — outside the division or in a game that hits the four-touchdown mark.

Bengals at Washington Best Bet: OVER 46.5 total points (-110)

Joe Burrow Welcomed To Cincinnati A Day Before The Draft

Report: Bengals’ President officially welcomed the LSU QB to Cincinnati on Wednesday

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Mike Brown, the President of the Cincinnati Bengals, officially welcomed LSU QB Joe Burrow to the team on Wednesday. Schefter tweeted that Brown sent a letter to Burrow and his family saying “… that he looks forward ‘to building championship football teams with you for many years to come.'” Burrow is the top-ranked QB prospect on ESPN.com and NFL.com.

Schefter said the letter from Brown to the Burrow family also came with a special gift. Brown sent jerseys with the number nine to the entire family. Adam Schefter is saying Burrow will officially wear number nine while playing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joe Burrow had one of the best seasons of all-time as a College Football Quarterback this past year. In 15 games as a starter his senior year, he went 15-0 and led LSU to a victory in the 2020 College Football National Championship Game. Last season, Burrow threw for 60 Touchdowns and had a Rating of 202.0, both of which are single-season College Football records. He also led the NCAA this year in passing yards and completion percentage.

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