The Jaguars stay red hot by defeating the Bengals 23-7, Jacksonville is now 5-3 on the year:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Jacksonville Jaguars went head to head with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jags ended up being too much for the Bengals after all four quarters. Blake Bortles had a good outing for Jacksonville he threw for 259 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. Chris Ivory played pretty well for the Jaguars too he finished the day with a team high 70 rushing yards. Marqise Lee caught the lone touchdown Blake Bortles threw, Lee was also able to contribute 75 receiving yards. There wasnā€™t a lot of offense from Doug Marroneā€™s team but special teams were a big factor in Jacksonvilleā€™s win. Josh Lambo kicked 3 field goals and Jaydon Mickens returned a punt 63 yards for a score. While Andy Dalton played a pretty lackluster game for Cincinnatiā€™s offense, Dalton threw for 136 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Joe Mixon was the Bengals leading rusher even though he finished with just 31 yards rushing. After looking at those two players alone you can tell Cincinnati didnā€™t have enough firepower to get it done in this game. Tyler Kroft did play well hauling in 79 yards but collectively it wasnā€™t enough. On the defensive side of things the Jaguars were extremely impressive. This team didn’t surrender a 100 yards rushing or receiving and the Bengals simply couldnā€™t put points on the board. 7 points isnā€™t going to win you football games in the NFL and this game was perfect example why Jacksonville has one of the best defenses in the league. A couple players who set the tone for the Jaguars in this match up were Barry Church who ended up with 5 defensive stops and Calais Campbell who recorded 2 tackles plus a sack. Those two players helped keep the Bengals in check all night long and not one player on Cincinnati had more than 3 catches. Thatā€™s a phenomenal effort and the Jaguars could end up being a playoff contender at the end of the season. Defensively the Bengals were led by George Iloka who had 7 tackles. Vontaze Burfict was pretty good in this one with 6 tackles as well. Overall though Jacksonville outgunned Marvin Lewisā€™ ball club. There just wasnā€™t enough from the Bengals to even look competitive in this contest and the Jaguars should be able to win the AFC South if they keep playing like this.

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