Both the Jaguars and Bengals enter week four coming off big wins on the road in week three. Cincy beat RGIII and the Redskins on the road, while the Jags got a win over the Colts in the final minute in Indy.
Jacksonville will come in with trying to hold down the Bengals offense, and they will counter that with RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who last week ran for 177 yards, including a 59-yard score.
Jones-Drew is second in the league with 314 yards, nine behind Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, and will face a Bengals defense that ranks 31st in allowing 155.0 rushing yards per game.
If he can get yards in chunks, it will go a long way in helping QB Blaine Gabbert and in giving him time to throw vs the Bengals secondary.
Gabbert ranks 31st in the league with a 50.6 completion percentage (40 of 79), one-tenth of a point ahead of the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez.
The Jags will be tested in the defensive backfield by the tandem of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, who combined to have a huge game last week in the win vs the Skins.
The Bengals are fourth in passing yards with 291.0 per game, and he’s seen improvement throughout the team with each contest.
“We’ve gotten better each week,” said Dalton, who’s completed 65 of 95 passes for 867 yards with six TDs and three picks. “With the Baltimore game, we were in the game going into the second half and middle of the third quarter and things didn’t go our way.
Jacksonville is 11-7 versus Cincinnati but has lost the last two meetings, and I think with the way the Bengals offense is playing and the lack of scoring from the Jags, it will be three in a row.
Cincinnati 29 Jacksonville 17