Vegas Odds & NFL Predictions: Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys (August 18th, 2018)
Cincinnati Visits Dallas in Preseason Action
After missing the playoffs for the last two years, the Cincinnati Bengals were criticized for hanging on to coach Marvin Lewis and QB Andy Dalton. The leadership might be the same, but the offense has been revamped with better athletes in both the passing game and running game and in week one the team looked sharp.
The Bengals finished last in the league in offense last season and they have a new a new offensive line coach in Frank Pollack along with new players to work with.
Dalton went 6-8-103, completing four passes for at least 20 yards.
This is year two for high draft picks Joe Mixon and John Ross and both are being counted on to take a big leap forward after struggling through large parts of last year. Last week Ross had a 20-yard catch and Mixon caught a short pass and turned in into a 24-yard touchdown.
Look for the starters to play an extra series or two in this one.
Plenty of question marks are following the Dallas Cowboys this season as well after long-time veterans TE Jason Witten and WR Dez Bryant are gone. QB Dak Prescott also struggled through some stretches of the season after his breakout rookie season from the year before.
Prescott and his new stable of receivers needed a good result last week after struggling through most of camp and the mission was accomplished. Prescott was a perfect 3-3 for 39 yards and a touchdown. He also connected with rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup for a sweet 30-yard touchdown.
The Cowboys controlled most of the game with the first and second-string teams against the 49ers. But when the third stringers came in, San Francisco came back from a 21-10 deficit to score two late touchdowns for the 24-21 win.
Pollack left the Cowboys when he joined the Bengals and Dallas hired long-time Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander to take over what’s widely regarded as the league’s best offensive line.
RB Ezekiel Elliott is expected to sit out this game, but most of the other starters should play.