Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals Preview and Predictions

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterDecember 3, 2012

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.

Which defense is able to stop the opposing quarterback/wide receiver duo will go a long way in determining the outcome of this game. While Green has been one of the most dynamic young playmakers in the league from the moment he was drafted, Bryant is finally living up to the promise many saw in him when the Cowboys drafted him back in 2010.

You have to think the Bengals defense gets the nod here when it comes to breaking down which unit has been playing better. The Bengals defensive coordinator may not get the face time his Dallas counterpart Rob Ryan gets on television broadcasts, but the Bengals are the more fundamentally sound unit overall.

Now, some of that has to do with injuries, no doubt. But Ryan's group keeps giving up big chunks of real estate on the ground and had been unable to play the press-man coverage outside as effectively as they would like. This has caused Ryan to go back to a bunch of Cover 3 and Cover 2 calls and left wide receivers running open on intermediate routes across the middle of their zones.

In the video above, we look at this and some of the other major storylines surrounding this game as well as give our predictions for the game.

Let us know in the comments below what you'll be watching for and who you think comes away with a big late-season victory.