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Cincy Jungle staff picks for Monday Night Football

The Bengals have a chance to play spoiler while simultaneously keeping playoff hopes alive.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are hosting their first primetime game in 12 years. They get a Jake Browning-led Cincinnati Bengals for the occasion.

We saw our first extended look at what the offense looked like last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it left quite a bit to be desired. Browning was rarely impressive throwing the ball, and the team had no running game to speak of.

The Jaguars aren’t going to be easy sledding for this offense looking to pick up the pieces, either. Linebacker Josh Allen already has 12 sacks on the season, and overall, they have been very stout the entire year, holding opposing teams to 20.5 points per game.

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That is enough when quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the offense are able to get some points on the board. The offense runs so well because of Lawrence’s 67% completion percentage. There aren’t any players who stick out as star players offensively, but guys like Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley, and Travis Etienne spread out their usage spread out s much it makes it hard to shut down the whole operation.

The Cincinnati defense is licking some wounds after the Steelers were able to move the ball fairly efficiently last week, which included a couple of back-breaking drives where they ran the clock out. That was against a team that just crashed back down to earth against the Arizona Cardinals. Lawrence certainly should be a much harder quarterback to slow down, and the only real hope the defense has is to be able to confuse/pressure him. Something it has struggled to pull off during its three-game losing streak.

Can the Bengals head back to Ohio with a win? Here is our staff’s selection: