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2022 Cowboys Season Preview: Week 2 vs Bengals

The Cowboys take on the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of the . The matchup will be a home game for Dallas after visiting Cincinnati in 2020, where the Cowboys won 30-7.

The Bengals finished 10-7 in 2021, winning the AFC North for the first time since 2015. Their victory over the advanced them to , where they lost 23-20 to the .

, the reigning Comeback Player of the Year, led the NFL in completion percentage and threw for 4,611 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. He also finished second in the league with a 108.3 passer rating.

Burrow will again be throwing to receivers like Ja’Marr Chase, , and Tyler Boyd, making up one of the league’s best corps. The former won and was a second-team All-Pro selection, while Higgins and Boyd combined to record 1,919 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

Joe Mixon returns for his sixth NFL season, all with the Bengals. He’s coming off a career year in 2021, recording career-highs with 1,205 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Mixon also posted career-highs in receiving with 314 yards and three touchdowns.

Cincinnati’s received a significant upgrade this . Ted Karras, Alex Kappa and former Cowboys La’el Collins arrived in to give Burrow much-needed protection. Karras and Kappa were signed from the New England Patriots and , respectively. Dallas released Collins on March 17 and signed by the Bengals three days later.

Cincinnati’s pass-rush includes the duo of Trey Hendrickson and Sam Hubbard. Hendrickson recorded a career-high 14 to earn his first selection, while Hubbard recorded 7.5 sacks. On the inside is D.J. Reader, who recorded a grade of 79.5 last season.

Logan Wilson leads the Bengals’ corps, flanked by Germaine Pratt. Both recorded 55 tackles last season and combined for five interceptions and six passes defended. At , Cincinnati brings back Jessie Bates III and Vonn Bell, the former being regarded as one of the league’s best safeties:

At , former Cowboy leads the way alongside Eli Apple and 2022 first-round draft pick Daxton Hill. Awuzie is coming off one of his best seasons in 2021 and picked off Rams QB in the .

Hill, a first-team All-Big Ten safety at Michigan, will play cornerback for Cincinnati. Mike Hilton also returns at cornerback for the Bengals.

Cincinnati is Zac Taylor, who is 16-32-1 in three seasons as the team’s . The 10 wins he earned last season are four more than what the Bengals had in his first two seasons.

The Cowboys will take on the Bengals on Sunday, September 18th at 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS.

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Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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