The Cincinnati Bengals will look to get back to .500 as they hit the road to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 9.
The Jaguars are one of the league’s most surprising teams at 4-3, and coming off their bye week, they looked primed for a run at a playoff berth. However, Jacksonville will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Things won’t get easier for the Bengals’ struggling offensive line this week with the Jaguars. Jacksonville has 33 sacks so far this season including two games with 10 sacks.
The Bengals may want to learn from the mistakes of the other AFC North teams to fall to the Jaguars. The Steelers and Ravens threw a combined seven interceptions against the Jaguars defense.
Those same AFC North teams also only managed to score a combined 16 points against them. The lesson to learn here is to lean on the running game. The Jaguars have the worst rushing defense in the NFL. They allow 138.6 rushing yards per game. How long the Bengals are able to stay committed to the running game could decide this game.
The Bengals have quite the opportunity in front of them. They are 3-4 about to take on the 4-3 Jaguars. This is their toughest game out of the next four games that also includes the Broncos, Titans and Browns. The Bengals really need to win all of these games to have a realistic shot at turning this season around.
Again, the Jaguars are the toughest of these games.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-3)
Date/Time: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Ever Bank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
Series Leader: Jaguars lead series 11-9
Streak: Bengals have won the last four games
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (4-1), Doug Marrone (0-1)
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast with Andrew Catalon (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst). The game will air in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). The game will also be aired to a national audience on the Westwood One radio network. Broadcasters are John Sadak (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst).
Online Streaming: Watch the live stream on the NFL's mobile app. International viewers can use NFL Game Pass.
Jaguars SB Nation: Big Cat Country
Weather: High 70’s; Clear throughout the day [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals open as a 3.5-point underdog. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black jersey with black pants; The Bengals are 15-11-1 in that combination since 2004.