Quarterback Andy Dalton led the Dallas Cowboys to a 30-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday afternoon. This is the first time he's faced his former team since being released this past offseason and things probably couldn't have gone any better for him if it were scripted.
Despite the 23 point victory for the Dallas Cowboys the Cincinnati Bengals matched them pretty evenly across the board as far as stats are concerned. The total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards for both teams were nearly identical. The only difference in this game were the points scored off of turnovers.
A win is a win though regardless of how it comes about. They beat a team they were supposed to on a short week of preparation and now have the San Francisco 49ers up next on the schedule. Before we turn our attention to the 49ers, let's get to this week's edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Turnovers. I think that was the good from the Dallas Cowboys Week 14 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Creating more turnovers was something this coaching staff emphasized prior to the start of the 2020 season and it was good to finally see it come to fruition. This would've been a much closer game if not for those 17 points scored off of three fumble recoveries in the first half.
I'm going to go with the Dallas Cowboys inability to run the ball as the bad from Week 14. With running backs like Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard the Cowboys should be able to run the ball better than what they did yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals. After all, Cincinnati has only been slightly better than the Cowboys this year stopping the run.
The Dallas Cowboys only surrendered seven points to the Cincinnati Bengals, but for me they were still the ugly from Week 14. Cincinnati's offense easily moved to the ball on them and if not for a few giftwrapped turnovers and favorable field position for the Cowboys offense the outcome of this game would've been much closer. Upgrading this unit will no doubt be an offseason priority.