Cowboys -17 vs. Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals may be in the wrong place at the wrong time as they head to Irving, Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys.
The Bengals (0-4) are still seeking their first victory of the season and will probably need an A+ effort from everyone in order to obtain it in Dallas. This may be exceedingly tough if quarterback Carson Palmer misses his second straight start. Palmer is questionable and Ryan Fitzpatrick is waiting in the wings to start again. Bengals’ fans may be sending Palmer a get well card, seeing as how Fitzpatrick threw for three interceptions and lost one fumble in Cincinnati’s 20-12 loss to Cleveland in the semi-yearly Battle of Ohio. It did not help Fitzpatrick that Cincinnati has no running attack. Chris Perry is not cutting it, in the wake of Rudi Johnson’s departure, so much so that the Bengals are negotiating with former Chicago Bear and first round bust Cedric Benson.
Meanwhile the Cowboys (3-1) are an angry bunch. With a home loss to their arch rival Washington Redskins still sticking firmly in their craw, the Cowboys are bent on revenge and the Bengals may just be the sacrificial lamb they are seeking. Terrell Owens opened his yammer minutes after Dallas’ 26-24 loss Sunday to say he was not getting the ball enough, even though Tony Romo threw his way 17 times versus Washington, connecting with the receiver on seven of those passes. Like him or not, Owens almost always backs up his belly aching and griping with a stellar game the next time out and he always rises to the occasion in matchups against other top receivers in the game, such as this week’s opponent, Chad Johnson (A.K.A. Ocho Cinco). Regardless of T.O. getting the ball or not, Romo and Jason Whitten continue to be a dynamic duo with 7 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown going to the Pro Bowl tight end.
The Bengals next take on the resurgent New York Jets in New Jersey while Dallas Cowboys will travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals.