Andy Dalton and the simmering Cincinnati Bengals will host America's team, the Dallas Cowboys in a pivotal matchup with playoff implications.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, this game will be played in December, and we all know what that means—constant disappointment, underachievement and, more importantly, a lack of focus.
The Cowboys are coming off a win against the slumping Philadelphia Eagles, and barely at that. A 38-33 win, with your opponent starting a rookie quarterback, doesn't count as impressive; but hey, a win is a win.
They'll have to play much better against a very hot Cincinnati team that is coming off four consecutive victories.
This should be a nice matchup, with a strong Cowboys secondary facing off against Andy Dalton and the Bengals' West Coast passing attack. However, as with many matchups in the NFL, the key will be the quarterbacks.
More specifically: Which quarterback can limit turnovers? Tony Romo did an excellent job with ball security last week against the Eagles; however, recent history doesn't favor the quarterback.
Romo has thrown for 15 picks thus far in the season, and at times, has been completely erratic with ball security.
Give me Dalton in a close one.
Bengals 21 Cowboys 17