The Cincinnati Bengals take one of the NFL's best passing offenses on the road as they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon at EverBank Field.
The game begins at 4:05 p.m. EDT and will be shown by CBS, or you may watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
In a game peppered with unexpected, wild plays, Cincinnati survived a shootout with the Washington Redskins and prevailed 38-31 last week.
On their first play from scrimmage Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu sailed a 73-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green, and Washington responded with a zero yard interception in the end zone by Rob Jackson for a 7-7 tie.
In the fourth quarter, quarterback Andy Dalton led two touchdown drives that ultimately sealed the game for Cincinnati. Dalton went 19-for-27 for 328 yards and completed a career-high three touchdown passes. The Bengals now boast the No. 4 passing offense in the NFL.
Running back Ben Jarvis-Green Ellis recorded his first career fumble after five seasons, and had trouble moving the line, finishing with 38 yards on 18 carries.
Washington fared much better on the ground, with the Bengals giving up 213 rushing yards, but did sack quarterback Robert Griffin III six times and hit him another six.
Trouble stopping the run could be a major factor for Cincinnati, as Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew appears to have shaken off the rust from his contract holdout this summer.
Jones-Drew gained 177 yards and scored a touchdown in the Jaguars’ first win of the season, besting the Indianapolis Colts 22-17 last week.
Even with Jones-Drew's dominate play, Jacksonville needed an 80-yard touchdown reception by receiver Cecil Shorts with :45 remaining to come back and win. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert went 10-for-21 for 155 yards and delivered in the final minute.
Neither the Bengals nor the Jaguars are capable of covering the pass, as they rank 22nd and 21st respectively, and the Bengals are tied for fourth in plays of 20-plus yards, giving up 13 this season.
Cincinnati could have even more trouble with the pass Sunday as Bengals cornerback Nate Clements is doubtful and cornerback Leon Hall is listed as questionable.
Betting Odds: Cincinnati is favored by 3 points; Over/Under: 43 points
Prediction: Despite their porous pass defense, Cincinnati is very capable of winning a shootout against the hapless Jaguars. Gabbert has proven he is still too inconsistent to hurt any team’s secondary.
Predicted Score: Cincinnati 27, Jacksonville 18