The Dallas Cowboys travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a Week 14 matchup of two potential playoff teams in desperate need of a victory. According to the Week 14 NFL odds, the Bengals are a 3-point favorite with the over/under listed at 45.5 points.
Both these teams sit currently outside the playoff picture in their respective conferences, but very much in the hunt. Dallas (6-6) is one game behind the Seattle Seahawks for the final NFC Wild card berth, while the Bengals are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7-5 for the last spot in the AFC playoffs, but lose the tiebreaker because of their head-to-head loss to the Steelers earlier this year.
Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive last week by escaping the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-33. Quarterback Tony Romo had a big game going 22 of 27 for 303 yards with three touchdowns. The Cowboys also received a boost with the return of DeMarco Murray, who had 83 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in his first game-action in seven weeks. Wide receiver Dez Bryant also had a touchdown to continue his recent emergence as the deep threat the Cowboys crave.
The Bengals enter this as one of the hottest teams in the league having won its last four games, which includes a 20-13 victory on the road against the San Diego Chargers last week. Cincinnati used a balanced attack to beat the Chargers led by the passing combination of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and the running of BenJarvis Green-Ellis, who carried 25 times for 118 yards in his one of his best games of the season.
This has the potential to be one of the best game’s of this week’s NFL slate when you consider the stakes and the fact both teams come into this feeling good about themselves. With Murray back in the fold and the emergence of Bryant on the outside, the Cowboys could be poised to make a winning run to close out the season. Of course, it remains difficult to have much confidence given the maddening inconsistency Dallas has displayed all season. Look for this one to stay close and be decided by a field goal either way.