Heading into the Week 4 game against the Jaguars, the Bengals have a 2-1 record after winning games over Cleveland and Washington. In those two wins the Bengals scored a combined 72 points, 34 against the Browns and 38 against the Redskins. Cincinnati has come up with some big scoring plays the first time they have touched the ball, in Week 2 they got an 81 yard punt return from “Pacman” Jones even before the offense takes the field and in Week 3 Mohamed Sanu completes a 73 yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green on the first play of the game. Coming into this game the Jaguars are 1-2, one of those loses is against the Vikings in overtime, but they did beat the Colts in Week 3.
For the second time in three weeks the Bengals defense is able to force a punt and give the offense a chance to get on the scoreboard first. Cincinnati goes on a 16 play drive and gets three points on a Mike Nugent 35 yard field goal. The key play on the drive is after Andy Dalton throws an interception to Kyle Bosworth. Bosworth fumbles the football which end up getting recovered by offensive tackle Andre Smith. Another key play on the drive is on third and fifteen from midfield; Dalton completes a thirteen yard pass to Brian Leonard and Jacksonville’s Antwan Barnes is called for roughing the passer, giving the Bengals a first down on the 22 yard line, but the drive stalls after that, and the Bengals get the field goal and lead 3-0.
The lead does not last long as the Jaguars are able to go on a scoring drive of their own and take a 7-3 lead a little over a minute into the second quarter. Blaine Gabbert is able to make some big plays on the drive; he completes a 23 yard pass to Marcedes Lewis and a 14 yard completion to rookie Justin Blackmon on second and thirteen. The drive is capped off with a two yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis. The teams exchange punts on the next two possessions before the Bengals are able to go on another scoring drive.