Griffin's injury wasn't directly related to the controversy surrounding defenseless receivers and helmet-to-helmet hits, but it was connected to that topic. It was about the culture. Should he have played through the pain, or should he have stayed on the bench?
This NFC East "Championship Game" on Sunday will decide the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs. As one of just two games in which both teams have playoff implications riding on the outcome (Green Bay at Minnesota is the other), this has all the makings of a classic shootout.
Cincinnati is the better team, is playing at home and, ultimately has more riding on this game. According to 50,000 games played (simulated) by the Predictalator, the Bengals win over the Cowboys 64.2 percent of the time and by an average score of 28-22.