Sunday, November 2nd, 1:00 p.m.
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Kickoff temperature: 48 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Bengals by 10.5
The Jaguars have their work cut out for them as they head north to take on the first-place Cincinnati Bengals. Jacksonville will be very thin in their already thin secondary as they placed cornerback Alan Ball on injured reserve and starter Will Blackmon will also miss the game.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 30th Overall (27th passing, 25th rushing); 32nd scoring- 14.8 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 26th overall (27th passing, 20th rushing); 27th scoring- 27.3 ppg.
Bengals offense- 16th overall (14th passing, 16th rushing); 18th scoring- 23.0 ppg.
Bengals defense- 30th overall (23rd passing, 29th rushing); 17th scoring- 23.4 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Win the turnover battle. Turnovers have been killing this team all year long and if they’re going to beat a first-place Bengals team on the road who has made the playoffs three straight years, they’re going to have to win the turnover battle. To put it simply, quarterback Blake Bortles has to be more careful with the football.
Limit big plays The Bengals are able to pick up chunks of yardage with A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu. The Jaguars need to make Cincinnati work for their yardage and play some bend but don’t break defense.
Keep on running. Denard Robinson has been a nice surprise, going over 100 yards in each of his two starts. The team seems to be opening up more holes for Robinson and he’s certainly responded. If Robinson can run well it will take some pressure off Blake Bortles.
Get tricky. Jacksonville had some really creative play calls early on last Sunday with misdirection runs and they need to expound upon that. The Jaguars need to go for some fourth downs, fake a punt or two and take some more chances.
Neutralize Geno Atkins. The giant nose tackle can certainly be a game changer and the Jaguars need to make sure to get two men leaning on him all day long.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
Blake bounced back. Blake Bortles has had a couple miserable performances in a row and he’s too talented for those mistakes to continue. Bortles will play better on Sunday.
The Jaguars stopped the run. Jacksonville has done a great job against the run lately and without Gio Bernard the Bengals running game shouldn’t be nearly as explosive.
Allen Robinson is the clear No. 1 receiver. Robinson is getting better every week and he’ll continue that ascention this Sunday.
Andy Dalton played well. The Bengals quarterback is very good in the “small games” and this would certainly apply.
Go get ‘em next week in London. The Jaguars are playing against a very tough opponent on the road. They are at a talent disadvantage and the final score won’t be all that attractive.