Cincinnati Bengals: What we learned in Week 4 win vs. Jaguars

Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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C.J. Uzomah
C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Cincinnati Bengals look like a whole new team this year, folks.

I say that because had last year’s (or any past Bengals teams really) been down 14-0 at the half, they’d have thrown the towel in and it’d be an ugly loss in the rearview mirror.

Well, this year’s Bengals squad doesn’t look like that team. They proved that on Thursday night by coming back from a 14-0 deficit and tying it up after their first two possessions of the second half. From there, the defense came to life, holding the Jaguars to just one touchdown in the second half and the offense scoring all 24 points in the final two quarters.

With this win now in the rearview mirror, the Bengals move to 3-1 and are alone at the top of the AFC North. Let’s check out what we learned about the stripes in their 24-21 victory over Jacksonville, who lost its 19th straight game.

No Higgins, No Problem

We knew this offense had a lot of really scary weapons with former second-round pick Tee Higgins being one of them. Higgins, unfortunately, has missed the past two games but fear not, as the Bengals have plenty of other weapons to fill in for him on the gridiron.

We all know about Ja’Marr Chase and what he’s been able to do for this team so far. This was Chase’s first game without a touchdown reception but he did finish with six catches for 77 yards with a long of 44. He’s a game-changer.

The stars of this game for the stripes were Tyler Boyd and C.J. Uzomah. Boyd finished with nine catches for 118 yards while Uzomah grabbed five passes for 95 yards and had both of Burrow’s touchdowns.

This just goes to show how anyone on the Bengals offense can have a big game. It was Uzomah’s turn to show off on Thursday night.