We definitely could have lost to them last year had they kept feeding MJD; same goes for this year. But it’s worse now with no Pat Sims this time around. Our Defense will make it look too close again but I can’t see that secondary stopping our Offense. I’m going with the Bengals.
The Bengals are on a roll offensively and their defense is coming around now that they have regained their pass rush. Jacksonville is still struggling behind the errant passing attack of Blaine Gabbert and company and their defense has been less than spectacular thus far. The Bengals take an easy one here.
Final score Bengals 27, Jaguars 13.
Maurice Jones-Drew’s shifty running style is certain to give fits to the Bengals, especially the increasingly inept Rey Maualuga. The good news is that the Bengals defensive line will be able to gain penetration against a line whose only good lineman is offensive tackle Eugene Monroe. Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins will get to know Blaine Gabbart pretty well, and the Bengals’ depleted secondary can at least handle a mediocre wide receiver corps. Offensively, the Bengals will handle a solid, but not spectacular, Jaguars defense to roll to the win.
There is a difference from last year that no one is talking about. The Bengals don’t have to score in the last two minutes to tie or win ball games. The wins will get more and more decisive as the season goes along, and Sunday it will be even more clear.
Bengals 35 Jaguars 17
This is a game that the Bengals should be on alert because the Jags could pull off an upset. MJD is coming back to form, and the Bengals have had trouble with the run. If MJD is having a very good day, the Bengals could be in trouble, but their defense seems to be stepping up lately.
Bengals win, 31-17