That being said, the Bengals blanked the San Diego Chargers in the second half, while the Eagles managed 33 points in a loss to Dallas. That might say something about what to expect, but it’s hard to tell.
The ability to force one or two key turnovers might be the difference in this game.
Another factor will be the running game for the Bengals. If BenJarvus Green-Ellis continues to impress against an average Dallas rush defense, they may have the early edge.
If the Cowboys defense is able to keep him under 90 yards on the game, I think the Cowboys win.
And last but not least will be the quarterbacks’ play in this game.
The tight contest will ultimately shift the way of whichever quarterback is having the better game. Andy Dalton will need to use the deep ball to A.J. Green a lot more than he did against the Chargers. Tony Romo will have to do the opposite: Complete short passes to his receivers to avoid the strong Bengals pass rush.
The first glimpse of this game appears as though it will be a high-scoring affair, and I’ll stick to that glimpse in a prediction.
I think the Bengals will win 30-27 in overtime. Not to get fancy with the overtime; only because I can’t see either offense outmatching the other. I think the mistakes will be minimal, and that this will be a very good football game.
Especially with so much on the line for both teams.