MJD will gash the Bengals linebacker corps a couple of times as Cincinnati looks to capitalize on the dual emerging defensive end threat in Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. The Bengals offensive is just too tough right now though, and there should be big numbers from Andy Dalton for a third straight week. Expect the Special Teams to have at least one break-away play on Sunday.
Bengals win 35-13.
Maurice Jones-Drew looked to be back to his old self with 177 rushing yards last week, and the Bengals will struggle to contain him. Andy Dalton and the suddenly high-powered offense score just enough against the NFL’s 28th ranked defense. A Mike Nugent field goal in the final minute wins it.
Bengals 31, Jags 28
I’m taking the Bengals 27-21. The Cincinnati defense will keep the Jaguars in the game. Dalton will have a solid game and Gresham will be important.
I think this will be a coming out party for the Bengals Defense. Though, MJD will be on the field, I think they will be able to contain him and hold him to under 100 yards rushing. The offense will continue to be dynamic and will be led by Dalton and the receivers, once again. I think Dalton throws for 410 yards on the Jags defense. Bengals Win, 31-10
The Bengals are scorching hot on offense right now, but their defense continues to be battered and bruised, especially in the secondary with Nate Clements now uncertain to play on Sunday. Like last week’s game vs. the Redskins, the Bengals ability to contain the Jaguars offense will be dictated by the play of their defensive line. If Dunlap, Atkins, and Johnson can get consistent pressure on Blaine Gabbert while containing MJD, they could easily hold the Jags to under 20 points, something they have yet to do in 2012. Andy Dalton should continue to have a field day against the Jags’ porous secondary, and I’m looking for a big game from Andrew Hawkins.
Bengals win, 24-17