Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Week 9 Preview
Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks to pass during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Jaguars enter the game 1-7 on the year, but the Bengals must not take this game lightly. This matchup sets up as a “trap game” for the Bengals because, despite their poor record, the Jaguars are better than their record, at least on defense. The Jaguars held the Steelers to 17 points, they beat the Browns 24-6, and have kept games close lately. Here are the keys to the game for each team.
Bengals Keys to the Game
They need to spread this defense out early as they have kept some top rushers under 100 yards in of seven of nine games this year. If Andy Dalton can pass efficiently and spread the field, Jeremy Hill should find the necessary running room. If A.J. Green plays, the pass game should be electric and could be the difference in this matchup. The defense will need to force Blake Bortles into some mistakes allowing the offense extra possessions. If they can do both of these things well, this game should be in their control.
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Jaguars Keys to the Game
The Jaguars’ offense has committed numerous turnovers this year. Between Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, Jaguars quarterbacks have thrown 13 interceptions and have lost two fumbles. They have lost five fumbles (from other players) and have put the ball on the ground seven times. They must control the ball if they are to give themselves a chance to beat the Bengals in Cincinnati. The defense must find a way to stop the Bengals’ balanced offense. They must jump out early and not look back keeping the Bengals from forming any offensive rhythm. It’s a tall task, but the Bengals have struggled to find the endzone at times, so hope exists. If the Jaguars can find a way, this game isn’t entirely out-of-reach.
Bengals should win decisively, but hey still must avoid the lax mentality that can turn this type of matchup into a “trap game.” They need to stick to their game plan and focus on the task at hand rather than beginning to look to next Thursday against Ohio and division rival, the Cleveland Browns.
Bengals win 31-13