The Jaguars continued to endure the difficulties of life under a rookie quarterback this past Sunday when they dropped a 31-19 decision to the Cardinals that wasn’t even as close as the score would imply. The Bengals notched an important divisional win, meanwhile, upending the Steelers at Heinz Field for their second victory on the year. It was a win that featured a balanced offensive performance.
Jacksonville notched only two offensive touchdowns last Sunday, as a third score game on a 109-yard missed field-goal return. Trevor Lawrence threw another two interceptions, although he did continue to display strong chemistry with Marvin Jones and threw a touchdown to D.J. Chark. James Robinson also gained 88 yards and recorded a rushing TD, but life could be a bit more difficult against a Bengals defense that’s allowed the eighth-fewest total yards per game (317.0) through three weeks.
Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd all made important contributions in the win over Pittsburgh, which saw the Cincy offense bounce back from an ugly loss to the Bears in Week 2. Tee Higgins missed the Week 3 contest due to a shoulder injury and could be challenged to make it back on the short week leading up to this contest. However, even if he misses, both the Bengals’ passing and running games could be in good shape against a Jags defense allowing the fifth-most total yards per game (418.0) through three weeks.