Prediction: Cincinnati Bengals will beat Jacksonville Jaguars - ESPN
The Jaguars enter this week ranked second in the league in goal-to-go efficiency. They are allowing touchdowns on 56.3 percent of the goal-line series they are defending. Entering last week, Baltimore had the best goal-to-go efficiency in the league, holding opponents to a 45.5 touchdown conversion percentage in those situations. As solid as that goal-line defense was, it was no match for the Bengals. Cincinnati scored on all three of its goal-to-go possessions against the Ravens. Its offense should be in for a repeat against the Jaguars.
If you ask the Cincinnati Bengals about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, they will tell you all about how dangerous his powerful arm and shifty feet can be. What they won't tell you is how confident they are about exploiting the turnover issues Bortles has had all year.
Despite coming off a key AFC North win, the last four weeks haven't been easy on the Cincinnati Bengals. The defense in particular has been exposed, but that could change Sunday with the turnover-happy Jacksonville Jaguars coming to Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals are in a tough predicament this Sunday as they try to ignite their fairly listless running game, because they will likely be without their starting running back facing a defense that likes to load the box with eight defenders.
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, who hasn't practiced all week because of hip and collarbone injuries, will not play Sunday.
A look at the best and worst matchups for defenses in fantasy football leagues this week, including projected top 20 rankings: