Cincinnati Bengals gearing up for Dallas duel

ARLINGTON, Texas - Is it time to take the Dallas Cowboys for real?

Sunday, October 9, the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Cincinnati Bengals. They lost 20-19 to the New York Giants at home in this season's opener. That almost matched their season total for the first four games of the season. A year ago, the Cowboys were knocked around in a 28-7 loss at Green Bay. Again, though, the Cowboys actually looked capable of taking advantage of that, something they haven't always been able to do. Already without quarterback Tony Romo (back) and left guard La'el Collins (toe), Dallas is confident left tackle Tyron Smith (back) and top reserve Chaz Green (foot) will be back but there was less certainty for Bryant (knee) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hamstrings) playing this week.

Elliott regained the National Football League rushing lead after racking up 134 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, including a season-long 60-yard scoring burst through the middle early in the third quarter to make it 28-0.

Dalton, the former TCU player who grew up in Houston, was sacked four times, and Cincinnati gave up a season-high 180 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Elliott had 42 yards on the Cowboys' first drive as the Bengals allowed their first rushing touchdown of the season on a 13-yard run by Elliott. For the fourth straight game, he completed better than 70 percent of his passes.

For fantasy purposes, our models prefer Beasley most out of the trio, projecting him to catch 4 passes for 53 yards and 0.28 touchdowns versus Cincinnati. Dalton was sacked four times. But his focus is more on getting the Bengals (2-2) back over.500 after they started 8-0 last season. Cincinnati TE Tyler Eifert, brother-in-law of Dallas RT Zack Martin, has a back issue that could delay his season debut after offseason surgery to fix an ankle injury from the Pro Bowl.

Since Romo injured his back early in Dallas' third preseason game, Prescott has been on fire.

That philosophy, copied from a successful 2014 strategy employed with DeMarco Murray as the bell-cow back, is taking hold.

Dak Prescott has played above expectations all season for Dallas. He and Dak Prescott of the Cowboys are proving to be experts on ball security, with Wentz now 102 passes into his career without an interception and Prescott doing even better, with none in 131 attempts.

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