The Dallas Cowboys will have to overcome a tragedy as they face the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.
Dallas nose tackle Josh Brent was charged with intoxicated manslaughter after a car accident killed practice squad teammate Jerry Brown early Saturday morning.
The Cowboys will have to gather themselves around this tragic event as they are still in the hunt for the playoffs at 6-6.
Last week Dallas used a balanced attack to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 with 303 passing yards and three touchdowns from Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten’s six receptions for 108 yards.
The Cowboys welcomed back running back DeMarco Murray, who missed six straight games with a foot injury and rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.
Dallas will need that balance against the streaking Bengals, who have won four consecutive games and have held opponents to 10.5 points per game in that stretch.
Cincinnati’s defense made up for three turnovers and held the San Diego Chargers in check last week for a 20-13 win.
The Bengals held San Diego to just four third down conversions, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis gained 118 yards for his third straight game with at least 100 rushing yards.
Quarterback Andy Dalton went 25-for-38 for 211 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, but led two fourth quarter scoring drives that won the game for Cincinnati.
This will be a crucial matchup for both team’s playoff hopes. The Bengals are one game removed from the AFC’s final Wild Card spot, and Dallas is one game out of the NFC East lead and the NFC Wild Card.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Cincinnati is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 46 points
Prediction: This will be a very close game, and the Cowboys may struggle early as they deal with Brown’s death. The game will come down to Green-Ellis and Murray, with Dallas prevailing late.
Predicted Score: Dallas 30, Cincinnati 24