Week 9 Preview: Jacksonville at Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bengals are at a point in the 2008 season at 0-8 where they are now assuring their fans that they will NOT go winless this season. That statement was made on Wednesday by star WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who said the team will win at some point this season.

They are hoping that a winning streak will start at home on Sunday as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that is just 3-4, and is coming off a home loss to the Cleveland Browns, 23-17 on Sunday at Alltel Stadium. The Jags have been very back and forth this season, at one point 2-2, then 3-3 before losing last week.

For the Bengals, it looks again like Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start and again, the team will likely have issues trying to score. In games that Fitzpatrick has started this season for injured QB Carson Palmer, the team has put up just an average of 10.5 points per game, including last weeks awful 35-6 loss to the Texans.

This is not to excuse their defense, which has not been good either. They gave up a punt return early, but from there, the Texans offense ran all over a defense that is allowing 338 yards and 27.1 points per game. They are allowing 146.9 yards per game on the ground, and the Jags will look to exploit that with Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor.

Jacksonville should get healthy in a hurry this week. Look for David Garrard to be able to pick apart the Bengals secondary when the team is not getting chunks of yards from Jones-Drew and Taylor. Matt Jones is having a great season despite his off the field issues, as he has a team leading 38 catches with 455 yards and two TD’s.

Cincy is going to again have issues this week, and while T.J. is telling fans that a win will be coming, it won’t be this week vs a Jags team that is still thinking playoffs, and can’t afford to fall asleep at the wheel in this one. Jags by two TD’s.

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