NFL Game Preview - Jaguars v Bengals

 
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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Cincinnati 0 7 3 7 17
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , October 20, 2019
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio  Weather: 70°, Clear  Attendance: 42,784

Jaguars-Bengals Preview

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Jaguars beat the Bengals, 23-7, the last time they met in Week 9 of 2017. Prior to that, the Bengals had won four straight meetings. Jacksonville hasn't won in Cincinnati since 2002 (0-2 since).
  2. Jacksonville started 0-2, rebounded with two straight wins over the Titans and Broncos, and have now lost two straight again to drop to 2-4. In their two victories, the Jaguars have a +2 turnover margin (0 giveaways, 2 takeaways), but in their four losses they have a -7 differential (7 giveaways, 0 takeaways).
  3. The Bengals are 0-6 for the ninth time in franchise history. Cincinnati has lost four of its six games by six points or fewer. The Bengals have allowed at least 16 points in 34 straight games, the second-longest such streak in the history of the NFL (Saints allowed 16+ in 36 straight games between 2014 and 2017).
  4. The Jaguars average 5.1 yards per rush, third best in the NFL; the Bengals allowed 5.3 yards per rush, worst in the NFL. The Jaguars are second-worst in the NFL in yards per rush allowed giving up 5.2 per tote.
  5. Gardner Minshew II is the third quarterback since 1950 to have 800+ passing yards and zero interceptions through his first three career road starts. The other two were Marcus Mariota with Tennessee in 2015 and Elvis Grbac with San Francisco in 1995.
  6. Joe Mixon averaged 4.0+ yards per carry in each game from Weeks 3-5 accumulating 215 rushing yards on 49 carries, but looking at Weeks 1-2 and last week, Mixon has less than 2.0 yards per rush in each game and has accumulated just 37 rushing yards on 25 carries.
Team Comparison

Jacksonville
 
Cincinnati
19.5 Points 16.2
252.8 Pass Yds 274.5
127.5 Rush Yds 56.5
2 Takeaways 6
(AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

CINCINNATI (AP) A so-so showing against the Saints threw a little cold water on Minshew-mania. The rookie with the distinctive `stache has a chance to re-ignite it against one of the NFL's two winless teams.

Quarterbacks tend to have big games against these winless Bengals.

Gardner Minshew looked very ordinary during the Jaguars' 13-6 loss to New Orleans. Jacksonville (2-4) was held to a season-low 226 yards and a pair of field goals. Minshew threw for only 163 yards with an interception.

The sixth-round pick became an overnight sensation after Nick Foles got hurt in the opener. He leads all rookies with nine touchdown passes in six games and a passer rating of 97.5. A little of the luster came off in that ragged showing against the Saints.

Asked if it'll be easier to play at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday without the mania, Minshew smiled and said, "I don't listen to it much anyway. It's about the same."

The past three quarterbacks who faced the Bengals had career days.

Cincinnati fell to 0-6 for the first time in 11 years when Lamar Jackson ran for a career-high 152 yards last Sunday in Baltimore's 23-17 win . A week earlier, Kyler Murray ran for a career-high 93 in the Cardinals' first win. Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph had a good time during a 27-3 win the previous Monday night.

And things are only getting worse in Cincinnati. The Bengals are last in the league at stopping the run, and they're expected to be without their top two cornerbacks on Sunday.

The previous time the Bengals opened 0-7 was 2008, when they dropped their first eight under coach Marvin Lewis. As October starts to wind down, first-year coach Zac Taylor is still looking for that inaugural win.

"It's one of those things where we didn't expect it to look like this coming into the year, but it's where we are," quarterback Andy Dalton said. "You still go to work, and you still love this game. It has been tough, though."

Some things to watch Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:

CLEAN BREAK

The Jaguars dealt top cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for three draft picks Tuesday, parting ways with a two-time Pro Bowl player who wanted out. Ramsey had requested a trade and missed the past three games with a back injury. Coach Doug Marrone addressed it with players as he got them focused for Cincinnati.

"We did a good job not letting that distract us," cornerback A.J. Bouye said. "Now we just have to move forward."

RUN TO DAYLIGHT

Nobody stands a better chance for a big game than Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who is second in the AFC with 584 yards rushing and is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He'll be facing a defense that has allowed 5.3 yards per rush - worst in the league - and has already allowed three opponents to rush for more than 250 yards. Cincinnati has by far the worst run defense in the NFL, allowing 184.5 yards per game. Jackson had his big day in Baltimore's win last Sunday even though the Bengals focused on stopping his runs.

"When you've got a minimum of two guys on the guy and they don't make the plays, it is disconcerting," defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo said.

BENGALS CORNERBACKS

Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson III are expected to miss the game with injuries, leaving the Bengals in a tough spot at cornerback. Slot cornerback Darqueze Dennard returned to practice this week after being sidelined since knee surgery in March. Even though he hadn't played a snap in practice since last year, he's likely to see a lot of playing time.

"I'm kind of an even-keel guy," Dennard said. "A lot of these games have been like roller coasters - high emotions and lows and all that type stuff. So I'm going to keep everybody calm."

RUN THE BALL

Not only have the Bengals been unable to stop the run, they haven't had much of a running game themselves. They're also last in the league in that category, averaging only 56.5 yards per game. The lack of a running game has forced Dalton to throw the ball 243 times, third-most in the league. Joe Mixon will be going against a Jaguars run defense that ranks only 25th in the league.

HOW MANY WILL WATCH

After three straight losing seasons, the Bengals have struggled to sell tickets. Only 50,666 were distributed for their home opening loss the 49ers, and 46,012 were distributed for the second home game against the Cardinals. Paul Brown Stadium hasn't been much of a home-field advantage.

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AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Jacksonville contributed to this report.

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Updated October 17, 2019

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