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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 wasn’t a lot of offense from Doug Marrone’s team but special teams were a big factor in Jacksonville’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 Cincinnati’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 didn’t have enough firepower to get it done in this game. Tyler Kroft did play well hauling in 79 yards but collectively it wasn’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 couldn’t put points on the board. 7 points isn’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. That’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 Lewis’ ball club. There just wasn’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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