Stripe Hype Staff Picks: Can Bengals D Silence Big D?

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November 4, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) gestures to the crowd in the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Jerod Leivengood

For all the talk and hype that surround the Dallas Cowboys year after year, they have been thoroughly mediocre, with more of the intersting drama coming off the field rather that on it. I think that has changed a little bit this year with Dez Bryant’s outstanding play the last few weeks has begun to overshadow his offseason shenanigans. I’m very interested to see the revitalized Bengal defense actually go up against a team that is…well, at least decent. DeMarco Murray looked good in his return last week from missing six games with a foot injury, and the Cowboys new found ability to run the ball will key a narrow victory.
Dallas 27, Cincinnati 21.


The identifying quality of the past four Bengals opponents is the one-dimensional aspects of their offenses.  New York, Oakland and San Diego had no run game to speak off and Kansas City knew it was going to live or die by Jamaal Charles’s ground attack.   While DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones aren’t setting the world on fire this year (and Murray may be degraded/not play), they and Tony Romo do make up the most dynamic offense the Bengals have faced since before the Bye.  Further, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are the most dangerous receiving pair in the same period of time, both capable of burning one-on-one coverage for big gains.  Luckily, the Dallas offensive line is vunerable, and with Cincinnati’s front four as menacing as they have been playing, putting the Romo-coaster through the loops should be a significant edge with turn-over dividends.  Meanwhile, even though the Cowboys’ defense isn’t bad, the Bengals offense will prove too much in the end.  I like the Bengals in tough one to keep the streak alive in a shoot out.
Cincinnati wins 28-24


Joe Johnson

Not too sure which version of Tony Romo and tthe Cowboys is going to show up. Dallas is coming off a win against the Eagles, and the Bengals are riding a 4-game winning streak. This should be a nice contest. Dallas’ offensive line is banged up, so Tony Romo might get pressured, and with pressure comes mistakes.

Bengals 28 Cowboys 17


Tyler Long

I had the misfortune to travel to Dallas four years ago, to wathc Chris Perry fumble away any chance of winning. Still bitter, I think the D-Line is going to eat Tony Romo’s lunch and dinner. I can’t see Claiborne covering AJ Green, to the point where I think Green may have his first 200 yard game. But on our side I’m not so sure T-New can cover Dez Bryant either. Time will tell.

I’ve got the Bengals winning 27-17.


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