Bengals vs. Jaguars: Game Information and Predictions
Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A Cincinnati Bengals fan reacts in the stands during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH)
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Game Time: 1:00pm ET
Weather: It should be a nice day in Cincinnati. It’ll be around 50 degrees with no chance of rain. The wind will be minimal (NW at 4 mph), so it shouldn’t effect the game.
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TV: Local CBS. The game will be announced by Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and former Bengals defensive back Solomon Wilcots (analysis).
Local Radio: The game will be broadcasted on Cincinnati’s WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530), WEBN-FM (102.7), and WLW-AM (700). Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and former Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive lineman Dave Lapham (analyst) will be the announcers. Bengals.com has also provided a list of other radio broadcasts in the local area.
Streaming and Listening Online: The game can be viewed through the NFL’s Game Rewind. The NFL network also offers its Audio Pass for online listening.
Predictions from the Staff
I believe the Jaguars give the Bengals about everything they can handle, but the Bengals win this one. Jacksonville doesn’t really have the weapons on offense to control the tempo against the Bengals’ defense. Jacksonville’s defense is not bad, and their front four are borderline great, which will give the Bengals offense fits all afternoon. At the end of the day, the Bengals will make enough plays to put this game away handily. Jacksonville is certainly good enough to scare the Bengals, but not good enough to shock them on the road in Cincinnati. Look for the Bengals to win and cover the spread at home, and roll to 5-2-1 and still in first place in the AFC North.
Bengals 23 – Jaguars 9
This could be the game that everyone talks about seemingly every year. Is this the game where we hear the media says that the Bengals took the Jaguars too lightly? The Bengals have one of these games every year.
However, I do not think it will be. The Bengals will not lose this game. They will take the Jaguars lightly resulting in a game that will be contested tighter than it probably should be, but the Bengals will win.
A.J. Green is said to be coming back… again. With Mohamed Sanu emerging as a legitimate threat, defenses will now have to worry about two solid targets for Andy Dalton. This will cause teams to stop stacking the box, thus opening up rushing lanes for Jeremy Hill and, once healthy, Giovani Bernard.
It is very hard to win a game if you cannot stop the run. Look for what everyone saw in weeks 1-3 to repeat itself.
This will also keep the defense off of the field for longer breaks. If Brandon Thompson returns this week as well, it gives Geno Atkins and other pass rushers rotational breaks. This is where the defense could regain its confidence.
Bengals 31 – Jaguars 17
The Bengals have been known to play down to their opponents at times and this will remain a concern until the Bengals prove otherwise. Marvin Lewis needs to instill this team with a sense of urgency and needs to remind them of how quickly things can turn ugly in the NFL.
Regardless, the Bengals should win this game handedly. The Jaguars lack real threats on offense, which should put their defense on the field all to often. If the Bengals’ defense takes this game seriously, there’s no reason the offense can’t put up plenty of points to bring home the win.
Bengals 35 – Jaguars 13