Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 10/9 NFL Betting Preview
The Cincinnati Bengals may have come up with their most complete performance of the year a week ago Thursday, and they hope to take some momentum from that into a game against the Dallas Cowboys, who are off to a 3-1 start, in a game that begins at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. For BetAnySports customers, there is a special treat, as they can avail themselves of the opportunity to challenge the pro football betting odds in real time, even after the opening kickoff, using the software provided by Live Betting Ultra.
The Bengals held the Miami Dolphins to 222 total yards in the Thursday night game, sacking Ryan Tannehill five times and allowing only one touchdown. Maybe it was not such a coincidence that this was the game in which they got back linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who had to serve a suspension for flying off the handle in that playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, but is a difference-maker nonetheless. He’s a guy that will come in very handy here, as Dallas brings to the table one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and a very hot rookie running back.
Ezekiel Elliott has 412 rushing yards on the season to lead the NFL. And 361 one of those yards have come in the last three games. The first-round draft pick out of Ohio State has looked like another Emmitt Smith back there, and that is obviously a big help to his fellow rookie, quarterback Dak Prescott, who has thrown 131 passes without an interception.
In the pro football betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, this is a very close one, as you can see:
Cincinnati Bengals -1
Dallas Cowboys +1
Over 45 points -110
Under 45 points -110
The Cowboys have won three straight games, and came oh-so close to beating the New York Giants in the season opener. For a team that seemingly could not win without Tony Romo at quarterback, this has been an incredibly pleasant surprise indeed. And with a guy who had never taken an NFL snap before the season opener, it is certainly extra special. How long will this last for the Cowboys? And, when Romo is healthy enough to come back, which could be about six weeks from now, will Prescott still be the starting quarterback if this team is in playoff contention? These are good questions to explore when the time comes. For now, they would be happy to be able to get Dez Bryant back in the lineup, that is, if his knee allows him to do so. Bryant had to sit out last week’s game against San Francisco, but it did not matter, as Elliott took control with 138 yards on the ground.
Pro football bettors at BetAnySports have to be a little bit concerned about Cincinnati’s inability to crack the end zone. They are currently the NFL’s worst team in terms of converting red zone opportunities into touchdowns (below 31%), and they are also second from the bottom in converting on third down, with just 27.8% success. Dallas, by stark contrast, is 50% on third down. That might loom as one of the big differences in this game.
Of course, another thing that is different is that Dallas is facing a better defensive unit than it did in any of its three victories. And unlike any of their for previous opponents, this is a consistent playoff team that they are facing. Defensively, the Cowboys face a genuine challenge, as Andy Dalton has averaged 8.5 yards per pass attempt, and AJ Green, his principal receiver, has a whopping 468 yards already.
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