Cincinnati Bengals (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) vs. Dallas Cowboys (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS)
NFL Week 5
Date/Time: Sunday, October 9, 2016 4:25 PM EDT
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
by Keith, Expert Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: CIN -1/DAL +1
Over/Under Total: 45
The Bengals (2-2) and Cowboys (3-1) havenít met in four years yet they will comprise another cross-conference clash between the AFC and NFC at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. The festivities will commence with a 4:25 PM scheduled kick-off. The game is set to be aired on FOX with regional coverage. The Bengals enter off a 22-7 win against the Miami Dolphins in Week Four. Dallas continues to roll as they have won their third straight game with a 24-17 victory over San Francisco in the Bay City, last Sunday as well.
The Cincinnati Bengals have had a topsy-turvey season. The Bengals escaped the New York Jets narrowly in Week One to follow these contests up consecutive losses against Pittsburgh away and Denver at home. Since then the Bengals have recovered and now sit at 2-2. The value on Cincy at this price is not so appealing. The Bengals have once again showcased their signature inconsistent offense anchored by their bust or boom quarterback Andy Dalton. The Bengals also do not do well on the road historically and their defense has for the most part given up a decent amount of points generally speaking. So far they have taken advantage of weaker opponents for the most part and the road woes should have been heightened when they should have went down in East Rutherford against the New York Jets. Cincinnati often has some sex appeal because they often start off strong, last year the Bengals got off to a gallop out of the gate. Nevertheless, the Bengals made yet another exit in the first round of the playoffs in 2015. The Bengals arenít undefeated this year, in fact they look second-rate compared to Pittsburgh and even Baltimore.
Dak Prescott is the only quarterback in the NFL that is yet to throw an interception. Make no mistake, this is what Prescott does even if he is a rookie. For many years at Mississippi State, Prescott was heralded across the country for his precision accuracy. Dak has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, he is a dual threat quarterback that can hurt you with his legs as much as with his arms. It is for these reasons Mississippi State once climbed to a #1 ranking in 2014 and why Prescott found himself on a short list of Heisman hopefuls. This man is insanely talented and while the Cowboys may have lost Tony Romo due to injuries they may have inadvertently found their future and franchise player in one foul swoop. Cincyís defense looks prime for the plucking for Prescott to take apart. Let us forget Prescott has proliferated his success against a revamped Washington Redskins defense and yet his numbers still speak for itself.
When attacking this market, we have all the more motivation to pass on spotting road points and to lay the consensus and take the Cowboys now with the point. We have seen this market two points, shifting the Cowboys from the favorite to the pooch. This signifies that the faith is vested in the Bengals and we still canít understand why. The Cowboys have home field advantage and the hot quarterback. Cincy looks like a marginalized middle-of-the-road outfit. Make no mistake, Dallas should most certainly be 3-1. For all intent and purposes if they had a bit of luck, they may actually be undefeated themselves but they were still addressing the issues at quarterback when they fell in Week One to the Giants at home, 20-19. Nevertheless, this football team is dangerous because Prescott is a revelation in his own right. Approaching the Over/Under in this one is a difficult prospect. With the line established at 45, this one can go either way but given the propensity for this one to be a low-scoring affair, we will opt in on the Under. At the very same token, the Cowboys can easily rout Cincinnati as the Bengals are not impressive by the least despite public opinion. Playing the fade here is the premium move and thus we will go ahead and take the point now offered with Dallas at home.
KEITHís Pick to Cover the Point Spread: DALLAS +1
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