Winless Jags face Bengals as Urban Meyer returns to Ohio

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, September 26, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo / Don Wright)

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JACKSONVILLE (0-3) at CINCINNATI (2-1)

Thursday, 8:20 p.m. EDT, NFL Network

OPENING LINE: Bengals by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook

AGAINST SPREAD: Jaguars 0-3, Bengals 3-0.

SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 13-10.

LAST MEETING: The Bengals beat the Jaguars 33-25 on October 4, 2020 in Cincinnati.

LAST WEEK: Jaguars lost to Cardinals 31-19; The Bengals beat the Steelers 24-10.

JAGUARS OFFENSE: GENERAL (23), RUSH (18), PASS (27), SCORING (27).

JAGUARS DEFENSE: GENERAL (29), RUSH (17), PASS (28), SCORE (28).

BENGAL OFFENSE: GENERAL (28), RUSH (17), PASS (28), SCORING (T-17).

BENGAL DEFENSE: GENERAL (8), RUSH (8), PASS (14), SCORE (6).

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Jaguars minus 8; Bengals minus-1.

JAGUARS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB James Robinson just had his best game of the season, carrying 15 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry, the best of the season, with a length of 21. He also had 46 receiving yards.

BENGAL PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Ja’Marr Chase, after dropping assists throughout the preseason, has 11 catches on 16 targets with four TDs. He caught two touchdown passes from Joe Burrow in the victory over the Steelers, including a spectacular fingertip grab in the end zone.

KEY MATCHUP: Burrow vs. Jacksonville defense. Burrow threw for 640 yards and seven touchdowns, but also has four interceptions. He threw three in back-to-back passing attempts in the Week 2 loss to the Bears. The Jaguars have struggled to generate consistent pressure and are allowing more than 300 yards per game in the air, including 316 to Kyler Murray of the Cardinals last week.

KEY INJURIES: Jaguars: OL Andrew Norwell (ankle), DL Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle). Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie (groin), S Jesse Bates (neck), WR Tee Higgins (shoulder), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee), OT Riley Reiff (ankle).

SERIES NOTES: Cincinnati earned their first of four overall wins last season in a Week 4 loss to the Jags, who finished 1-15. Prior to that, Jacksonville won duels in 2017 and 2019, but the Bengals have won six of the last eight.

STATISTICS & THINGS: Burrow and Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence are two of seven active NFL quarterbacks who were selected with the No.1 pick in the draft. … The Jaguars will face 2020 No.1 pick Burrow four days after facing 2019 No.1 pick Murray in a loss to the Cardinals. … Jacksonville has lost 18 straight games, eight short of matching the NFL record set by Tampa Bay. … The 0-3 start is the sixth in Jacksonville franchise history. … Lawrence completed a season-high 64.7% (22 for 34) for 219 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions in the loss to Arizona. … Jacksonville traded CB CJ Henderson to the Carolina Panthers for tight end Dan Arnold on Monday. … The Bengals have scored in their five trips to the red zone (five touchdowns and a basket). … Jamal Agnew is the first player in NFL history to get returns over 100 yards in straight games. He returned a failed 109-yard field goal last week and returned a 102-yard kickoff the week before.

FANTASTIC TIP: Bengals receivers Chase and Tyler Boyd could have some great days against Jacksonville high school as Burrow hits his stride.


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