December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks for an open receiver under pressure from Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: Here Come the Bengals

The third week of Preseason is traditionally a dress rehearsal for the starters. The Dallas Cowboys first-string players usually play the entire first half of the game and then fans and media don’t see or hear much from them until the season opener. With so many things happening in such a short period of time, here are some things to look for come Saturday night.

Home Field Advantage

Saturday will be the first action in the newly-named AT&T Stadium. The building itself hasn’t changed, but with a new year upon us, there’ll be the standard excitement rolling through. Will this have any effect on how the team itself plays? It seems like at times last year the real home field advantage went to the visitors. Will that be a thing of the past, or a sign of things to come?

The Bengals

I rarely tell Cowboys fans to keep an eye on another team, unless they are a division rival making a move up the standings. In this case, the Bengals are worth watching. They have been a trendy pick for some to make the Super Bowl, and if by some chance Dallas makes it that far (I know too early to predict some things) they’ll be seeing these same Bengals in the big one. Plus, they have been playing really well and it’ll be interesting to see if Dallas continues to play to the level of their competition.

“Big Money” Lee

Aug 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) runs the ball as he is pursued by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) during the first quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Money won’t change a player like Sean Lee, but at the same time a new contract can be a distraction at times. Lee won’t be affected long if that is the case, but you’ve always got be excited to watch a player that plays with as much intensity and ferocity as Lee plays with. Oh, and of course, can he stay healthy? We can’t forget that.

Who Steps Up?

The offense had a horrendous showing in Arizona last week while the defense played as well as anyone could have expected. Time is running out for some of the “bubble” players that are still fighting for a roster spot, and the output needs to be far more than what we saw against the Cardinals. With certain key players out with injury, now is the time for someone to step up and prove their worth. One player in particular to watch will be Phillip Tanner. With Lance Dunbar being hit by the injury bug, watch for Tanner to try and push for a fourth running back spot.

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