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GAMEDAY: Cincinnati Bengals At Jacksonville Jaguars

All of the stories featuring the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

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Bengals Beat The Jaguars 27-10

The Cincinnati Bengals put together one of their most complete games this season, with the offense, defense and even special teams playing their best game.


Crocker interception leads to Bengals 27-10 lead

Obviously with a 14-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, the Jacksonville Jaguars need to produce. On first down from their own 20-yard line with 13:51 remaining in the game, quarterback Blaine Gabbert overthrows rookie Justin Blackmon. Safety Chris Crocker, who returned back to the team during the week following the plethora of injury issues in the secondary, intercepts the pass and returns it 23 yards to the Jaguars 16-yard line.

It's the second big play by Crocker this afternoon; the first being great coverage on Blackmon's vertical route in the first half.

The Bengals are unable to convert a first down and Mike Nugent converts the 34-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 27-10 lead.


A.J. Green gives Bengals 24-10 lead

They're mad. The Cincinnati Bengals offense is just mad. Following a fair catch by the Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, the Bengals establish the first possession post-BJGE fumble from their own 20-yard line. Andy Dalton flips the football on a check-down to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, clearly intending to drag a tackler or two. Clutching the football with both hands, Green-Ellis picks up 13 yards. On the following play Green-Ellis, again clutching onto the football with both hands, picks up one yard. See the point we're highlighting here?

On third and seven from their own 36-yard line and 1:08 remaining in the third quarter, Dalton finds the second-most (challenging for first) exciting receiver on the roster, who runs madly anywhere there's open field for a 31-yard gain. Gresham picked up a first down on consecutive receptions, on each side of the third quarter's conclusion.

With under 14 minutes remaining in the game, the Bengals have second and seven from Jacksonville's 18-yard line. Dalton takes the shotgun snap and arches the football towards the front corner of the endzone. A.J. Green quickly beats cornerback Rashead Mathis, scoring the 18-yard touchdown reception to take a 24-10 lead.

Green has six receptions for 117 yards receiving and a touchdown.


[GIF] A.J. Green makes another impressive catch

During Cincinnati's second half opening possession, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green made a sensational reception. With 12:20 remaining in the third quarter, Green lined up wide right and extended his body to post the eight-yard reception to Jacksonville's six-yard line.


Jaguars convert BJGE fumble into three points

What was developing into an opportunity for the Cincinnati Bengals to take a 24-7 lead to start the third quarter, turned into something much different. The running back known for never fumbling, fumbled on the goalline, giving Jacksonville the football at their own 20-yard line. And apparently the fumble was equally a kick in the defensive stomach.

Within eight plays the Jaguars offense entered the redzone, converting a third and one from the Bengals 13-yard line with over five minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Jaguars possession eventually stalled at Cincinnati's three-yard line, where Josh Scobee converted a 21-yard field goal to reduce Cincinnati's 10-point lead to seven.

What should have been 24-7 is now 17-10.


BJGE fumbles on the goalline

With 11:07 remaining in the third quarter, during what will be dubbed the A.J. Green drive for his four receptions and 57 yards receiving, the Bengals call BenJarvus Green-Ellis' number on third and goal from the Jaguars one-yard line. As he's bracing himself for a powerful blast into the mass of bodies on the goalline, the football is punched out by defensive end Jeremy Mincey and recovered by C.J. Mosley in the endzone.

Not only did the Bengals fail to score on a 79-yard drive to kickoff the second half, BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled for the second time in his last 22 carries. The first two in his professional career.


Second half open thread: Bengals At Jaguars

The Cincinnati Bengals have taken a 17-7 lead at half time, largely due to growing momentum on both sides of the ball. Welcome back Chris Crocker.


Bengals Take 17-7 lead late in the second quarter

It's amazing how symbiotic a defense and rushing offense can be. Among some of the great teams in NFL history, a good rushing offense is always complemented by a great defense, and vice versa. Cincinnati's defense Frankenstein's themselves late in the second quarter, stoning ball carriers with great coverage from old safeties returning like an episode of Cheers. The Jaguars punt the football back to Cincinnati, who establish their ensuing possession at their own 40-yard line. BenJarvus Green-Ellis picks up 18 yards combined on consecutive runs -- with a one-yard loss as the two minute warning flashes on the clock.

On the first play on the short-side of the two minute warning, A.J. Green sprints down the right sidelines with Rashean Mathis covering. Andy Dalton rainbows the football, shining from the heavens like an angel's harps plucking through the humid Jacksonville air. Green clutches the football on the 42-yard reception as he's spun out of bounds at the Jaguars one-yard line. Dalton keeps the football and powers into the endzone to take a 17-7 lead.


Bengals take 10-7 lead on Pressley touchdown

Oh. My. Lord.

The Cincinnati Bengals offense is lifeless, dead, showing no life. A ten-yard Jermaine Gresham completion to the Bengals 34-yard line, set up another fourth down and eventual Kevin Huber punt. On four third down opportunities midway through the second quarter, the Bengals momentum is clearly on empty. So the punt team jogs onto the field and Clark Harris directs snap... to Cedric Peerman. It was wide open. Peerman sprints down the right sidelines on the 48-yard punt fake, tackled at the Jaguars 18-yard line.


But again. The Bengals struggle moving the football. Following a BenJarvus Green-Ellis five-yard gain, Dalton throws back-to-back incomplete passes. But much like the third down early in the game that resulted in a roughing the passer, Jermaine Gresham draws a defensive pass interference, putting Cincinnati on the one-yard line. One second and goal, Dalton fakes the handoff and rolls out to the left, throwing a strike to Chris Pressley for the touchdown.

Bengals take a 10-7 lead.


Jaguars Take 7-3 Lead On Gabbert TD pass

The Jacksonville Jaguars finally convert their first first down of the game, but not after facing some adversity during their second possession. Rashad Jennings returned Mike Nugent's kickoff 27 yards, after the Bengals established a three-point lead with six minutes remaining in the first quarter, to Jacksonville's 23-yard line. A nine-yard scramble and Maurice Jones-Drew nine-yard sprint around the left-edge pushes the Jaguars to the 41-yard line. It appeared that, for a moment at least, that the Bengals defense intended to stall Jacksonville with a Manny Lawson quarterback sack, dropping Blaine Gabbert for a 12-yard loss. Then Marcedes Lewis picks up 23 yards and the first down to Cincinnati's 48-yard line.

Here we go.

And the Jaguars eat chunks of yards before the first quarter expires with Jacksonville reaching Cincinnati's13-yard line. On first and ten, Maurice Jones-Drew powers himself into a mass of bodies, picking up five yards with an offensive line clearly pushing Cincinnati's front seven and establishing control. Gabbert hands off to Jones-Drew on second down and the running back picks up the first down with a massive lane over the middle, stopped by a touchdown-saving tackle from Vontaze Burfict. It didn't last. Marcedes Lewis' first down route targets the back left pylon, beating Burfict in coverage and recording the touchdown, giving the Jaguars a 7-3 lead.


Bengals Take 3-0 Lead on Nugent 35-Yard FG

A game-opening quarterback sack by Domata Peko killed Jacksonville's schedule, eventually forcing a three and out. A Jeromy Miles illegal block pushed Bryan Anger's punt to Cincinnati's own 20-yard line with 13 minutes remaining in the first quarter. A minimal three-yard gain by BenJarvus Green-Ellis later, Andy Daltons' pass to Chris Pressley was juggled and intercepted by linebacker Kyle Bosworth. At some point while returning the pick, Bosworth fumbled the football which was recovered by Andre Smith, giving the Bengals possession at their own nine-yard line. Geez.

Another three-yard carry by Green-Ellis sets up a second-and-seven from Cincinnati's 12-yard line, where Dalton flings the football to Andrew Hawkins, waiting for the football and fighting for the first down. Another Green-Ellis run. Another three-yard gain sets up another second and seven. Are we seeing a trend here? This time Dalton completes a 10-yard pass to backup tight end Orson Charles on a cross, picking up the first down and sustaining the drive.

Consecutive runs that gained 16 yards combined up the middle and Dalton accurately connects with Marvin Jones on first, followed by a scramble that generated another first down at midfield with 8:28 remaining in the first quarter.

Cincinnati's possession eventually stalls with a false start on Andrew Hawkins, a near-interception by Rashean Mathis and a 14-yard screen to Brian Leonard. But who says that the Bengals actually need convert a third down on their own? Antwon Blake hits Dalton low around the knees on a blitz after the quarterback released the football, drawing a roughing the passer, giving Cincinnati 15 yards to Jacksonville Jaguars 22-yard line.

A minimal four-yard Green-Ellis run, followed by an incomplete and hot read for a one-yard gain, the Bengals were forced to concede the possession with a 35-yard Mike Nugent field goal, taking a 3-0 lead.


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Bengals/Jaguars Inactive List

The Cincinnati Bengals will be extremely short-handed at cornerback against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. We knew that Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) would be out, and we suspected Nate Clements (calf) and Jason Allen (thigh) would be as well. However Leon Hall, questionable with a hamstring, is inactive against the Jaguars this weekend.

That leaves three active cornerbacks with Terence Newman and Adam Jones expected to start and the recently promoted Chris Lewis-Harris filling in during multiple defensive back situations. Chris Crocker has historically played cornerback with the Bengals, so we expect him to take snaps there, maybe even as the regular nickel.

We would point out that Robert Geathers is starting over Carlos Dunlap, but since Dunlap has started once during his entire career (when Geathers was injured), we figured it would be a little redundant.

Running back Bernard Scott (ankle), linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy (illness) and wide receiver Ryan Whalen (coach's decision) are also out this weekend. Jeff Faine, questionable with a hamstring, is active today as is his backup Trevor Robinson.

Out for the Jaguars are Kevin Rutland, Daryl Smith, Brandon Marshall, Herb Taylor, Daniel Baldridge, George Selvie, Jeris Pendleton.


Bengals/Jaguars: All You Need To Know

The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon for a kickoff time of 4:05 PM (ET). Here's everything that you need to know before kickoff.

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