The Bengals took another step forward on Sunday, as rookie QB Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes, and Bernard Scott scored with 1:56 remaining as the Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-20.
The win puts the Bengals at 3-2 on the season, good for second place with the Steelers, who beat up the Titans 38-17 at Heinz Field.
The Bengals took advantage of Matt Turk’s 22-yard punt into the wind to set up the winning score, a touchdown needed because Mike Nugent missed an extra point in the first half.
Dalton hooked up with Jermaine Gresham on a fourth-and-6 play to keep the short drive alive, then found Andre Caldwell for an 8-yard gain.
With the Jaguars (1-4) expecting a pass on third down, Dalton handed to Scott, who weaved his way into the end zone to make it 23-20.
Jacksonville had a chance to tie, but Blaine Gabbert fumbled a bad snap and the Bengals ended up with the ball. Cincinnati also scored on a fumble return on the final play.
The Jaguars have lost four in a row, and eight of nine dating to last season, putting coach Jack Del Rio’s future further in doubt.
The Bengals will look to get to 4-2 as they take on the Colts at home next Sunday.