The Cowboys’ biggest concern is stopping Cincinnati’s running game. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has run for more than 100 yards in each of the last three, and will be trying to become the first Bengal to do it four games in a row since Paul Robinson in Cincinnati’s inaugural season of 1968.
The Bengals signed Green-Ellis as a free agent from New England to replace Cedric Benson. The running game struggled in the first half of the season, but has finally found its stride.
“Physically the line is good up front, but he just has a good feel for running,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I think anybody who’s followed his career when he was in New England, he just seemed to make a lot of yards. He’s certainly doing that in Cincinnati.”
The Bengals have three links to the Cowboys, providing some interesting subplots. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was the coordinator in Dallas from 2000-06. Cornerback Terence Newman played there from 2003-11 before being released. Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was traded to the Cowboys from Tennessee in 2008 and got waived in 2009.
Given the stakes, this one is more than personal.
“I want the game more because we need it,” Jones said. “I don’t want Dallas to win any game. I’m not a Dallas fan. I’m not cheering for no one. That’s just how it is.”
AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Irving, Texas, contributed to this report.
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