Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys - 8/18/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys - 8/18/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals (7-9) at Dallas Cowboys (9-7)

NFL Football: Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (AT&T Stadium)

The Line: Dallas Cowboys -3.5 -- Over/Under: 37.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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Headed our way Saturday evening from AT&T Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals will be visiting the Dallas Cowboys in NFL activity. 

Cincinnati is coming off something of a disappointing season, as the team finished just 7-9 and in third place in the AFC North. It was the first time the Bengals had put up back-to-back losing seasons in almost a decade. 

In Cincinnati’s first preseason action this year, they took out Chicago 30-27 thanks to a 23-14 halftime edge. Andy Dalton had a nice game for the Bengals, as he went 6-of-8 for 103 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. 

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Over on the Cowboys’ side, they’re fresh off a 2017 that featured a 9-7 record and second place in the NFC East. It was a season full of what-ifs, as star RB Ezekiel Elliott had to serve a suspension beginning in Week 10. 

The Cowboys had a lead on the 49ers in their first preseason game this year, going into the fourth quarter on top 21-10. Dallas allowed a pair of touchdowns in the final frame however, and fell 24-21. Starting QB Dak Prescott completed all three passes he attempted for 39 yards and a score. 

The Bengals are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Cincinnati is also 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and the under is 4-1 in their last five Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games on turf. Dallas is 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and the under is 4-0 in their last four overall. 

Both of these teams have some major work to do in their respective divisions if they want to sniff the playoffs this year; Dallas has to contend with the champion Eagles and the upstart Giants, while Cincinnati always has the looming shadow of Pittsburgh to watch out for. Considering that, I don’t think we’ll get a berth from either one of these teams. Still, I like the Cowboys offense as they’ve got a few major contributors. The Bengals have some talent as well but much of it is on the backside of some veterans’ careers. All things considered, I’ll go Dallas here.

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Andrew’s Pick Dallas Cowboys -3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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