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By The Numbers Game Preview: Week 5

Posted Oct 7, 2016

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys Game Preview

TIME: 4:25 p.m. Sunday

PLACE:  AT&T Stadium  (synthetic)

LOCAL RADIO:  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) on the “triple-cast” Cincinnati flagship stations of WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.

TV:  CBS broadcast crew of Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

 

INJURIES

CIN: 

OUT: Starting TE Tyler Eifert (back)

DOUBTFUL: Backup ER James Wright (hamstring) went limited Wednesday but didn’t practice this week. 

QUESTIONABLE: Starting LG Clint Boling (shoulder) left the Miami game late and was limited Wednesday and Thursday but went full Friday. KR Rex Burkhead (hamstring) got hurt on last Thursday night’s first return, was limited Wednesday and Thursday but full Friday. Backup RT Jake Fisher (back) was limited Wednesday, sat Thursday, went full Friday. All three ought to be ready to go.

THE REST: Starting CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring)  missed the last game, but was full all week. Starting RT Cedric Ogbuehi (illness) sat out Thursday but was full Friday. Starting RB Jeremy Hill (chest) was limited Wednesday and Thursday, full Friday. They’re all a go.

         

DAL:

OUT: Starting QB Tony Romo (back)

QUESTIONABLE: Starting WR Dez Bryant (knee) hasn’t practiced all week with a slight fracture and isn’t expected to play.  But starting LT Tyron Smith (back), who missed last game and was limited all week, is expected to play. So is K Dan Bailey (back) who sat Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday.

IFFY: Starting CB Orlando Scandrick didn’t work Thursday and Friday after injuring both hamstrings.

» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES

The 3-1 Cowboys lead the 2-2 Bengals, 7-4; 5-1 in Dallas, 0-0 at AT&T.

NOTEWORTHY

»» It is the Bengals’ first regular-season visit to AT&T Stadium, otherwise known as “Jerry’s World.” It marks the third time in seven road games the Bengals have played their first game in a new stadium. Last December the Bengals won in San Francisco and last November lost in Glendale, Ariz.

»» It is Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s first regular-season trip back to the city where he played his college ball at Texas Christian. He arrives with a 25-15 road record, among the top three of active QBs.

»» The only time the Bengals won in Dallas was the year before Jerry Jones bought the club and fired the only coach the Cowboys ever had, Tom Landry. The Bengals were 2-2 against Landry until Nov. 20, 1988, when James Brooks outrushed Herschel Walker, 148-131, in the Bengals’ 38-24 victory at Texas Stadium. They went to the Super Bowl while the Cowboys finished 3-13.

»» The game comes eight years and five days to the day of the Bengals’ last game in Dallas, when current head coach Jason Garrett was the Cowboys offensive coordinator in the home team’s 31-22 victory. Current Cowboys TE Jason Witten had a four-yard TD catch from Tony Romo in a game best known for injured Bengals QB Carson Palmer’s last start of the 2008 season.

»» Garrett is the brother of John Garrett, a former Bengals wide receiver in that First Year of Jerry in 1989 who went on to serve as a Bengals assistant coach for six seasons at the turn of the century. John Garrett is now the offensive coordinator at the University of Richmond.

  »» Cowboys Pro Bowl RG Zack Martin is the brother-in-law of Bengals Pro Bowl TE Tyler Eifert. They were teammates at Notre Dame.

NFL RANKINGS

CIN: 24th in scoring, 11th in offense (28th rushing, 3rd         passing); 13th in scoring defense, 9th in defense (14th rushing, 10th passing), T-13th in turnover margin at plus-1.

DAL: 10th in scoring, 2nd in offense (2nd in rushing, 21st passing; 10th in scoring defense, 18th in defense (11th    rushing, 19th passing), T-6th in turnover margin at plus-3.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 114-103-2 in 14th season, 1-2 vs. Cowboys

DAL: Jason Garrett 49-45 in seven seasons, 1-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

 

PHILIP RIVERS WEATHER UPDATE

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for a high temperature of 80 degrees under mostly sunny skies with a light east wind of five to 10 miles per hour with no chance of rain. The Cowboys usually close the retractable roof  if it is above 80 degrees. It’s been only open 12 times (when they are 5-7) and closed 38 (19-19)

 

NUMBERS GAME

.431 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ road winning percentage

.461 - Lewis’ October winning percentage, his only losing month.

14-10 - Lewis’ record vs. rookie QBs

.632 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s October winning percentage

14-4-1 - Dalton’s record vs. NFC

7-2 - Dalton’s road record vs. NFC

2 - 100-yard rushing games for Cowboys rookie RB Zeke Elliott in last two weeks

11 - Individual 100-yard rushers Bengals have allowed since 2011, NFL-low, according to Elias

10/5/14 - Last time Bengals allowed 100-yard rusher on road (Stevan Ridley in New England)

0 - Rushing TD Bengals have allowed this season

8 - NFL-leading rushing TDs for Cowboys

278 - Yards Elliott has rushed for in last two weeks

289 - Yards Bengals RBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard have rushing combined this season

207 - Cowboys TE Jason Witten’s consecutive games played club record

207 - Club-record games played for former Bengals CB Ken Riley

1,041 - Witten’s career catches, second behind only Tony Gonzalez on NFL’s all-time tight ends list.

1,097 - Bengals TE Tyler Eifert’s career yards

0 - Interceptions for Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott in first four NFL starts

4 - Interceptions for Dalton in first four NFL starts

132 - Passes Prescott has thrown without an interception, second most by a player to begin his career

162 - Passes thrown by Patriots QB Tom Brady without an interception, most ever to start a career

33 - Passes Prescott has averaged in first four games

4 - Interceptions Bengals have this season

 

 

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