Still, the mood is upbeat in Dallas.
As in recent years, injuries are hitting the Cowboys (3-1) at key positions early in the season.
Prescott is a victory away from ensuring the Cowboys (3-1) a winning record for the potential October 30 return of Tony Romo from his latest back injury. "I stayed calm, ran with the receiver, got my head around and found the ball". Whether pulling off combo blocks and then reaching the second level, pulling around on counter plays or just being an outright beast on straight-ahead blocks, Martin was everywhere.
One source asserted that there is "zero chance" that Romo does not start when cleared, pointing to the commitment owner Jerry Jones has made to the veteran quarterback and the bond between the two.
The three players listed as questionable on the injury report - guard Clint Boling (shoulder), tackle Jake Fisher (back) and running back Rex Burkhead (hamstring) - are active. Dak Prescott had another interception free game (did have his first turnover on a fumble late in the game) completing 18-24 on 227 yards. Lawrence, who led Dallas with eight sacks last season, had a fistful of Dalton's jersey on one play but couldn't pull him down. The Cowboys visit Green Bay (3-1) on Sunday before their bye week. Eifert has been inactive for all four games to date recovering from offseason ankle surgery.
The only time the Bengals trailed by more at halftime under Lewis was the 2009 season finale against the Jets in NY, when they rested all their starters and fell behind 27-0 at the break on the way to a 37-0 loss. "You expect it from him every game now". That's what Coach (Brian) Kelly told me right away from Notre Dame. "We're going to have the luxury of being able to, I think, see them both", Jones said according to NFL.com. "It's not anything that I think about going into the game". "But he'll overcome them". Despite the loss of Eifert this season, Andy Dalton has still thrown for 1,234 yards, but only has three touchdowns.
Cincinnati has come up with only spare change on too many red-zone trips, where offenses make the big money. The touchdown ended an 11-play, 89-yard drive that included six passes and five runs.
The last time the Bengals lost a game in which Dalton had a passer rating of at least 100 was December 7, 2014, when he posted a 128.8 in a 42-21 loss to Pittsburgh at Paul Brown Stadium. Dalton was sacked four times. "It's a record. They're meant to be broken", Prescott said of possibly passing Brady.
We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.