|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.5||0-3||2-1||30.7||4.3||398.3||(5.9)||1.3||30.3||19.3||390.3||(6.3)||1.0|
|Offense (All Games)||23.3||6.9||21.4||31:53||23-82||(3.6)||28-41||67.5%||297||(7.2)||64-379||(5.9)||(16.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.8||11.1||20||30:18||27-113||(4.3)||22-35||62.4%||244||(6.9)||62-358||(5.8)||(16.4)|
|Offense Road Games||21.7||7.2||19.2||31:24||26-112||(4.2)||23-33||69.0%||254||(7.6)||60-365||(6.1)||(16.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.6||12.6||18.4||28:51||27-116||(4.3)||19-31||62.8%||221||(7.2)||57-337||(5.9)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11.4||20||30:05||27-121||(4.4)||20-34||60.6%||231||(6.9)||61-352||(5.8)||(15.2)|
|Defense Road Games||21.8||8.8||19.3||28:36||25-113||(4.4)||21-32||66.3%||229||(7.2)||57-342||(6)||(15.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.7||1.9||-0.8||13-6||43.4%||1-1||70.0%||2-48||(21.5)||2-22||(10.4)||8-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.7||1.9||2.2||13-5||39.4%||1-0||47.1%||3-66||(23.2)||23-2||(9.9)||7-56|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.5||0.3||0.8||0.0||12-5||44.0%||0-0||66.7%||2-46||(21.1)||2-28||(11.1)||9-64|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.4||0.7||1.1|| ||12-5||37.6%||1-0||54.5%||3-68||(22.1)||2-17||(10.1)||6-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-0||53.3%||3-67||(23.4)||18-2||(9)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.3||0.5||0.8|| ||12-4||35.7%||1-1||57.1%||3-78||(25.9)||1-4||(2.9)||6-47|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||0-3||27.3||18.3||387.7||(5.8)||1.0||9.7||6.3||266.3||(4.6)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||25.2||14.7||19.2||30:35||28-115||(4.2)||22-34||63.5%||242||(7)||62-357||(5.7)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23.1||11.5||20.3||31:51||27-113||(4.1)||22-36||61.4%||243||(6.8)||63-356||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Home Games||25.3||13.5||17.5||29:30||25-105||(4.1)||21-34||62.3%||214||(6.3)||59-319||(5.4)||(12.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.7||8.9||19.9||29:25||25-111||(4.4)||23-35||64.3%||220||(6.2)||60-331||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.5||10.5||19.3||30:48||26-108||(4.1)||21-35||60.9%||233||(6.6)||61-341||(5.6)||(15.8)|
|Defense Home Games||20.3||7.8||18.8||30:30||26-110||(4.2)||24-36||67.1%||230||(6.4)||62-341||(5.5)||(16.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||0.6||1.7||0.0||13-5||35.0%||1-1||78.6%||3-61||(23.1)||3-37||(12.1)||6-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.6||1.9||14-5||38.6%||1-0||62.3%||3-64||(23.6)||22-2||(9.4)||7-57|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.3||1.2||1.0||14-5||37.3%||1-1||83.3%||3-75||(24.9)||3-39||(13.8)||5-45|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.9||1.7|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||22.2%||4-93||(25.9)||2-16||(9)||5-41|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.7||1.6|| ||13-5||36.2%||1-0||48.9%||3-70||(24.6)||21-2||(9.3)||6-56|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||1.2||2.2|| ||14-6||45.2%||1-0||20.0%||4-110||(26.4)||2-13||(6.2)||4-37|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 21.6, CINCINNATI 18.8|
|12/9/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/18/2012||@ KANSAS CITY||28-6||W||-3||W||42||U||38-189||18-29-220||0||27-113||17-30-171||1|
|12/2/2012||@ SAN DIEGO||20-13||W||-1||W||46.5||U||32-128||25-39-211||3||11-46||26-48-251||2|
|12/9/2012||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2012||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||BALTIMORE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DALLAS: Although new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan comes in with a reputation as one of the better zone blocking coaches, he does have experience coaching power schemes as well. The Cowboys have gotten younger and more athletic on the line, and they're capable of mixing in zone stuff, but don't expect wholesale changes in Callahan's first year. As far as the running back rotation, DeMarco Murray will take almost all the snaps on first and second down, while third down will likely belong to Felix Jones. This is still an aggressive Air Coryell offense. They worked out of a three-receiver base last year, though whether they do again will depend on the development of Kevin Ogletree as Laurent Robinson's replacement. It's a pick-your-poison offense of top-to-bottom reads, where Dez Bryant is often the first look. The double teams he drew are what opened up room for Robinson and Romo's security blanket from a year ago, tight end Jason Witten. Miles Austin still has a big role as well, as they'll put him in motion to create mismatches in the middle of the field. He'll slide to the slot when they play three WRs. The screen game is a weapon they use with some frequency, mostly when Felix Jones is on the field. The Cowboys are still pass-heavy in the red zone, where Dez Bryant is their preferred target. Austin also has a big role, and Witten is used on play-action near the goal line. The Cowboys know they need to improve on defense, and drafting the top DB in college, Morris Claiborne, was a good first step in the right direction. OLB DeMarcus Ware (19.5 sacks in 2011) will always keep Dallas near the top of the sack charts, and he was also second in the league in non-sack pressures (40.5 knockdowns and hurries). Sean Lee showed off some impressive ball skills in intercepting four passes from the linebacker position. |
|CINCINNATI: The Bengals returned to a run-first offense in 2011, and that should continue with BenJarvus Green-Ellis stepping in for Cedric Benson. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden mixed in some more zone blocking principles and stretch plays last year, something that didn't fit with Benson at all. The Bengals have been looking to get Bernard Scott more involved, and this year they should be able to do it. Expect a 60/40 early-down split for Green-Ellis and Scott, with Brian Leonard keeping his third down role because of his ability as a pass protector. Green-Ellis figures to be the focal point of their red zone offense, just like Benson was a year ago. Gruden's offense is West Coast in terminology, but they pressure secondaries deep. A lot of their best plays were jump balls to A.J. Green. Either rookies Mohamed Sanu or Marvin Jones, or Jordan Shipley could slide in opposite Green on the outside, and Gruden will have to tweak the offense since none of them are deep threats. They use a lot of three-WR sets, so there should be ample playing time for two of those secondary targets. TE Jermaine Gresham is the No. 2 target for Dalton, and this offense creates room for him over the middle. The backs are more for pass protection than receiving skills. Gruden gets a little more pass-happy in the red zone, but not absurdly so. When they do throw, Green is overwhelmingly the most popular target. The Bengals defense showed an ability to get to the quarterback in 2011, with 14 players contributing at least one sack to a total that placed fifth in the NFL. Rookie CB Dre' Kirkpatrick will help out the defense with his coverage skills, but this unit doesn't make enough big plays to provide the offense with a lot of short fields. The one guy in the secondary who is capable of making a big play is Reggie Nelson, a rangy centerfielder at free safety with solid ball skills. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (DALLAS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cowboys-Bengals Preview* =========================
Any pain the Dallas Cowboys have endured in a difficult season surely can't compare to what they're feeling now.
A day after a car crash killed one of their teammates and sent another to jail, the Cowboys must come together to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Defensive lineman Josh Brent wasn't on the team flight to Cincinnati on Saturday after a one-car accident that morning which killed practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown. Police said Brent was speeding when the vehicle hit a curb and flipped at least once.
A field sobriety test was conducted, and after Brown was pronounced dead, the charge against Brent was upgraded to intoxication manslaughter. He's being held without bond.
"We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown," team owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry's family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
While Brown has not been on Dallas' active roster since being signed Oct. 24, Brent has played a key role as starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff has battled injuries. Brent has played in all 12 games and started five, totaling 35 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.
His focus Sunday would have been to help slow down Cincinnati's BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has run for 348 yards and two scores over the past three weeks. Held to 69 yards or fewer in six of the first nine games, Green-Ellis has become the first Bengal with three consecutive 100-yard games since Corey Dillon in 1999.
Cincinnati (7-5) is averaging 179.3 yards on the ground during that stretch.
"It was his first time with a new line and a new system and terminology and all that stuff," offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said of Green-Ellis' early struggles. "A lot of the runs were the same he's used to, but still you've got to get used to your linemen and our aiming points and all that.
"He's done a great job being patient, but making his decisions and getting up the field have been outstanding. That's the big thing."
Gruden could lean on Green-Ellis even more Sunday with second-leading rusher Cedric Peerman questionable with an ankle injury.
Green-Ellis' second-half surge has helped Cincinnati win four in a row and has surely taken some pressure off quarterback Andy Dalton. He's completed 62.5 percent of his passes during the winning streak with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions - both coming during last Sunday's 20-13 victory at San Diego.
Dalton had a go-ahead 6-yard TD run with 4:11 left that kept the Bengals even with Pittsburgh for the AFC's second wild-card spot, and two games back of North-leading Baltimore.
"We're obviously in the hunt for this thing," Dalton said.
The Cowboys (6-6) have won three of four since a 1-4 skid and are now tied with Washington - which owns the tiebreaker - and one game behind the first-place New York Giants in the NFC East.
Dallas may have saved its season last Sunday, outscoring Philadelphia 21-9 in the fourth quarter en route to a 38-33 victory.
"Each game, obviously, we're playing for our playoff lives," said Tony Romo, who tossed three TD passes - all in the second half - to break Troy Aikman's franchise record (165).
"We put ourselves here. We've got to figure out a way to play better ball."
The Cowboys' running attack has plenty of room for improvement - they're ranked 30th with 82.4 yards per game - but having DeMarco Murray back last Sunday following a six-game absence with a sprained right foot provided a much-needed boost.
The return of center Ryan Cook and right tackle Tyron Smith from injury also helped as Murray carried 23 times for 83 yards and a TD in his first action since Oct. 14.
"I wasn't expecting to get that much work," he said.
Even though Murray's back, tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant can expect plenty of balls thrown their way, as they're among the league leaders in targets with 120 and 103, respectively.
Over the last four games, Witten has a team-best 30 receptions while Bryant leads the Cowboys with 475 yards and six TDs.
Romo has nine TDs, two INTs and a 104.3 rating in those contests.
"Tony Romo, is as good as there is right now," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.
Cincinnati, though, is holding opponents to averages of 279.3 yards and 10.5 points since its last defeat.
"This team is getting better each week," receiver A.J. Green said. "A lot of people said it was out of our reach to make the playoffs, but I feel like we have momentum on our side coming down the home stretch of the season."
The Bengals have dropped four of six to Dallas, but they've won in each of the Cowboys' last two visits.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:40:06 AM EST|