What We Learned Against The Bengals

The Jaguars played hard but it wasn't quite enough as they fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-23. Find out how our keys to victory played out in Sunday's loss.

The Jaguars dropped their second straight game and are still winless on the road as they fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 33-23. We’re going to look at how our keys to victory played out on Sunday.

Keys To A Jaguars Victory

Win the turnover battle. The Jaguars actually won the turnover battle, 2-1. It wasn’t enough as the team was thoroughly outplayed in all other areas, and had a punt blocked and another tipped.

Limit big plays. The Jaguars allowed a 60-yard touchdown run by rookie Jeremy Hill and a 36-yard catch by Mohamed Sanu, along with another 19-yard touchdown by Sanu. The run by Hill came right after a Jaguars touchdown and wiped away all the team’s momentum.

Keep on running. The Jaguars had good balance running the football with 25 rushes for 134 yards but they couldn’t get enough first downs early to sustain drives. Denard Robinson had another fine day with 17 carries for 94 yards.

Get tricky. Aside from the Jaguars punt game which was tricky-bad, the team didn’t try any gadget plays and they didn’t take any deeper shots until the second half.

Neutralize Geno Atkins. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle registered five tackles, including one tackle for loss. He didn’t dominate but he played very well.

What We’ll Be Saying On Monday

Blake bounced back. Blake Bortles really looked rattled in the first half but played much better in the second half when the team opened things up a bit more. He still threw an interception, and could have had up to five picks total.

The Jaguars stopped the run. Jacksonville didn’t do much of that as rookie Jeremy Hill had 154 yards on 24 carries with a pair of touchdowns. Cincinnati ran for 191 yards as a team.

Allen Robinson is the clear No. 1 receiver. Robinson was targeted eight times but only caught four passes for 34 yards. It was teammate Allen Hurns’ turn to step up as he had seven catches for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Andy Dalton played well. The Bengals quarterback couldn’t really take advantage of the Jaguars ravaged secondary as he completed just 19 of 31 throws for 233 yards with a pair of touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Go get ‘em next week in London. The Jaguars hung around for a while but were never in control of the game. If Tony Romo doesn’t play next week in London, the Jaguars will have a legitimate shot to pull off the upset.

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