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The Cincinnati Bengals will clash with the host Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a Week 2 matchup. Kickoff is slated for 4:25 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium. Coverage will be televised on CBS. 

Both teams are seeking their first victory of the season. The division rival Pittsburgh Steelers edged the defending AFC champion Bengals 23-20 in overtime. The Bengals forced overtime when Joe Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase for a six-yard touchdown with two seconds left in regulation. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell converted the game-winning 53-yard field goal as time expired in overtime. Burrow completed 33 of his 53 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. The Bengals lost despite having the edge in total yards (432 to 267) and first downs (32 to 12). 

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The Cowboys fell to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-3 and lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott in the process. Prescott injured his right hand while throwing a pass in the final quarter. Prescott will have surgery and miss multiple weeks, according to owner Jerry Jones. 

The Cowboys took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 51-yard kick from Brett Maher. The Buccaneers scored the final 19 points on four field goals by Ryan Succop and a five-yard touchdown in the third quarter from quarterback Tom Brady to Mike Evans. The Cowboys committed 10 penalties for 73 yards. The Cowboys’ offense never reached the red zone. The Cowboys’ defense gave up 152 yards on the ground, 127 to Leonard Fournette

The Bengals’ offense ranks fifth in passing yards (299), 10th in rushing yards (133.0), and tied for 17th in points per game (20.0). Burrow has been sacked seven times and his passer rating is 61.7. Chase leads the Bengals with 10 receptions for 129 yards, a touchdown, two catches of at least 20 yards, and 10 first downs. Running back Joe Mixon has 82 yards, one rush of at least 20 yards, and two first downs on his 27 carries. Mixon has also caught seven passes for 63 yards and three first downs. 

Defensively, the Bengals rank tied for 12th in points per game allowed (23.0). Linebackers Logan Wilson and Germaine Pratt along with cornerback Mike Hilton lead the Bengals with eight tackles. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has five tackles and a forced fumble. Defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson each have four tackles. 

The Cowboys’ offense ranks 27th in rushing yards (71.0), 28th in passing yards (173.0), and last in points per game (3.0). Prescott passed for 134 yards and an interception prior to his injury. Running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 52 yards and three first downs on 10 carries. Wide receiver Noah Brown has five receptions for 68 yards, one catch for over 20 yards, and four first downs. Tight end Dalton Schultz has caught seven receptions for 62 yards, and two first downs. 

Defensively, the Cowboys rank tied for 22nd in points per game allowed (19.0). Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch leads the Cowboys with nine tackles. Safety Jayron Kearse and cornerback Anthony Brown each have seven tackles. Linebacker Micah Parsons has five tackles and two sacks for 17 yards. Safety Donovan Wilson has tallied five tackles, a pass deflection, and an interception. 

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As of Sept. 15, some of the players on the injured list for the Bengals include LS Clark Harris (IR), defensive tackle Josh Tupou (questionable), tight end Devin Asiasi (questionable), wide receiver Tee Higgins (questionable) and wide receiver Trent Taylor (questionable). 

Prior to Sept. 16, the Cowboys’ injured list includes Prescott (out), defensive end Tarell Basham (questionable), Kearse (out), wide receiver James Washington (IR), and wide receiver Michael Gallup (doubtful). 

The Bengals are favored by 7.5 points against the Cowboys. For the money line, it’s Bengals -350 and Cowboys +260. The over/under is set for 41.5 points. Despite Prescott being out, figure on the over occurring thanks to a more consistent performance from Burrow and Elliott rising to the occasion. 

Look for the Cowboys to cover the spread, but the Bengals to prevail for their first win of the season. 

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert. 

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