The Worksheet, a fantasy football overview by Rich Hribar, breaking down everything you need to know for the Week 2 Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon game.

25.3Implied Total15.3
2320Points All./Gm199
6112Opp. Plays/Gm6215
4.626Off. Yards/Play3.830
44.4Def. Yards/Play195.6
36.07%10Opp. Rush %53.23%27
63.93%23Opp. Pass %46.77%6
  • A league-low 18.8% of the offensive plays run by Dallas in Week 1 resulted in a first down or touchdown.
  • Dallas was the only team to not reach the red zone in Week 1.
  • The Bengals posted a 17.2% success rate per rushing play in Week 1, the lowest rate in the league. League average was 39.9%.
  • The Cowboys posted a 28.3% success rate per passing play in Week 1, the lowest rate in the league. League average was 44.4%.
  • The Bengals ran the ball 89.5% (17-of-19 plays) of the time under center (second-highest rate in the league), averaging 2.9 yards per carry on those runs.
  • Cincinnati ran the ball 22.7% times out of shotgun, averaging 4.9 yards per carry on those runs.

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Joe Burrow: Burrow dug the Bengals a constant hole in Week 1 with five turnovers, but in turn created a jailbreak game script that allowed him to still close the week as QB12 (18.2 points). Burrow threw the ball 53 times (second in the league) while he also posted a career-high 47 rushing yards to wipe away a few of those turnovers.

For as much noise the Bengals made on improving their offensive line this offseason, Burrow still was sacked seven times on Sunday. Only four were charged to the fault of the line however, and Burrow was pressured on 29.2% of his dropbacks, which was the 10th lowest rate in the league. The left side of the line in Jonah Williams and undrafted rookie Cordell Volson combined to allow 14 of the 19 pressures and all four of the credited sacks.

Burrow is a good bet to protect the football better moving forward by default while the Bengals are heavy favorites against a lifeless Cowboys team in Week 1. Dallas limited Tom Brady to a QB27 scoring week in part because they never put up a fight on their own, but they were also fortunate that Tampa Bay only scored a touchdown on one of the five possessions they had in Dallas territory. They also won’t be that lucky moving forward. 

Overall pass volume could force Burrow to live on efficiency, but this is an objectively good spot to handle Burrow as a QB1 play.

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