While they aren’t pitching a shutout, when it comes to the NFL regular season, there is a similar trend to matchups between the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys, and that trend is Dallas dominance. Overall, Dallas is 8-4 all-time in regular-season play against Cincinnati. The Cowboys have won the last three meetings. They’ve also taken four of the last five and six of the last eight games. Dallas has won four straight and six of seven at home. The Bengals won back to back games from Dallas once, in 1985 and 1988.
Generally, Bengals-Cowboys games are not close affairs. Other than a 20-19 Dallas win in 2012, three of the last four games were decided by at least 14 points. That’s one of only two Dallas-Cincinnati games to finish with a final margin of less than a touchdown, and only three of 12 games were decided by single-score margins. The average margin of victory in the other nine Dallas-Cincinnati games was 18.6 points per game, and four of them finished with margins of greater than 20 points on the scoreboard.
My Mama Always Said . . . – Determining a total wager on a Bengals-Cowboys game can prove to be like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocoloates, because you never know what you are going to get. Six of the last 10 Cincinnati-Dallas games have gone over. In games played at Dallas, the line tends to skew toward the over, with an average total in seven games played at Dallas being 52.7 points. In the preseason, the average total for two Bengals-Cowboys meetings is 32.5 points. In the lone game at Dallas, the total was 42.
Winning Wagers – Just two years removed from their second NFC East Division title in three seasons, the Cowboys aren’t getting a lot of love to make it three titles in five years. Bovada lists Dallas as +350 to cop the NFC East crown, but that’s a distant second to the -175 odds given the defending NFC East and Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Bengals, who won the AFC North title as recently as 2015, are listed as the third choice at +1000 to win the division this season.
Could They Go All The Way? – Bovada marks the Cowboys down as their eighth choice to win the NFC Championship and go to the Super Bowl at +1400. If you want to play the Bengals to win the AFC title, the odds are even longer. Bovada puts Cincinnati, 7-9 a year ago, at odds of +2500 to win the AFC, the same odds assigned to two of the worst teams in the NFL last season, the 4-12 Indianapolis Colts and the Bengals’ division rivals the 0-16 Cleveland Browns.
Bovada has the Bengals slotted in at odds of +10000 to win Super Bowl LIII. Only the Miami Dolphins (+12500) and New York Jets (+17500) are given longer odds. The Cowboys aren’t a great bet, but at +3300 they are given a much better chance of getting there than Cincinnati. But if you really want to play an out-there wager, MyBookie will give you odds of +58000 on Super Bowl LIII ending up as a matchup between the Bengals and Cowboys.
Will They Or Won’t They? – Bovada also offers a simple yes or no bet on each of the 32 NFL teams on whether they will be postseason participants or on the outside looking in, the place where both the Bengals and Cowboys ended up in 2017. If you want to play this wager on the Bengals, you will get odds of +450 on them making the playoffs and -650 on them missing out for a third straight season. The Cowboys are listed at odds of +150 to make it and -180 to miss for a second successive season.
The News On Lewis – Entering his 16th season in charge of the Bengals, head coach Marvin Lewis has won four division titles, but he’s also 0-7 in the postseason. He’s endured consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2007-08. The Bengals rebounded to win the NFC North in 2009, but if there isn’t an uptick in Cincinnati, many expect that time will finally run out on Lewis. Betway is offering a prop bet on which NFL head coach will be the first to be fired this season, and Lewis is the co-No. 3 choice at odds of +1000.
Run Zeke Run – Over at BetOnline, they are offering a series of NFL player performance prop bets on the 2018 season. For example, BetOnline has set the total rushing yards this season for Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott at 1375. If you play the over or the under, you will get odds of -115. Elliott’s TD total is pegged at 10.5. The over is valued at -120 and the under is set at -110. During 2017, a season shortened by a six-game NFL suspension, Elliott rushed for 983 yards and seven TDs.
The bar on total receiving yards for Bengals wideout A.J. Green is established at 1200. The over gets you odds of -125 and the under is worth -105. Green’s TD catch total is set at seven. Again, the over is -125 and the under -105. Last season, Green went for 1078 yards and eight TDs.
The total TD passes for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is placed at 22.5. Over is worth -135 and the under valued at +105. Dalton is also assigned a total of 14.5 on his interceptions for 2018. Over that number will get you odds of -125 and the under is worth -105. Finally, the total on Dalton’s passing yardage is pegged at 3500. Play the over and get odds of -120, or go under at odds of -110. In 2017, Dalton threw for 3320 yards, 25 TDs and 12 interceptions.
You’ll find the same wagers on offer for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. His passing yardage total is put at 3400 and you’ll get odds of -115 whether you wager over or under. Prescott’s TD pass total is established at 23. Over is worth -120 and under is at -110. Prescott’s interception total is put at 13.5. Again, whether you go over or under, the odds are valued at -115. Last season, Prescott was good for 22 TDs, 13 interceptions and 3324 yards through the air.