Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 31, Bengals 22

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

It's something about playing NFC East teams on the road that brings out the best in the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cincinnati put up another tough fight against the NFC East but still lost its fifth game in a row during a 31-22 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys.

As promised by receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, the Bengals brought everything they had against heavily-favored Dallas (4-1). Cincinnati fell behind 17-0 before scoring 16 unanswered points and eventually running out of gas. A pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo put the game out of reach.

Cincinnati, meanwhile, falls to 0-5 with its next two games on the road against the New York Jets and at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The playoffs appear are out of reach for the Bengals early in the season. But perhaps a performance like this can jumpstart the team's likely role of playing "spoiler" for opponents the rest of the way.