Cincinnati Bengals (12-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm (EverBank Field)
The Line: Jacksonville Jaguars -1.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cincinnati Bengals head to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars to close out the 3rd week of NFL preseason action.
The Cincinnati Bengals come into week 3 at an even 1-1 record after rebounding with a solid 30-14 road victory over the Detroit Lions last Thursdaym jumping out to a 20-6 lead at the half and leaving Detroit in the rearview mirror. Starting QB Andy Dalton looked solid in his limited action, going 7-9 for 78 yards, while backup AJ McCarron went 10-15 for 95 yards and a touchdown while third-stringer Keith Wenning went 4-5 for 16 yards. Cincinnati had a pretty good day on the ground, utilizing their 29 carries for 102 rushing yards, with Rex Burkhead leading the charge with 4 carries for 42 yards and projected starter Jeremy Hill scoring the only rushing touchdown for Cincy on the day. 12 different Bengals hauled in a pass last Thursday with second-round draft pick Tyler Boyd leading the Bengals with 2 receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. The Bengals defense had a pretty good showing of their own, registering a sack, a forced fumble and 2 interceptions on the day, with one pick leading to a touchdown going the other way. Cincinnati will also be pleased to hear that tight end Tyler Eifert is making progress since having ankle surgery in May, jogging for the first time this week in the hopes of a return in time for week 1.
The Jaguars dropped a narrow 27-21 decision to the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Saturday night. The Jags were up 14-10, but gave up 10 points in 23 seconds to close out the first half and were never able to recover down the stretch. Starting quarterback Blake Bortles looked good, going 8-11 for 85 yards and 2 passing touchdowns, but that’s’ where the good news pretty much ended, as Backup Chad Henne combined with third and fourth-stringers Max Wittek and Brandon Allen to go 5-21 for 53 yards and 4 interceptions. On the ground, there was some progress but nothing to write home about as Jacksonville put up 79 yards on 21 carries as Chris Ivory led the way for the Jaguars with 6 carries for 25 yards. Jacksonville’s receivers didn’t have a lot to do after Bortles made his exit, mainly because no one could get them the ball. 9 different Jags receivers caught a pass on Saturday, Allen Robinson led the way with 4 catches for 34 yards while Allen Hurns and T.J. Yeldon both hauled in a pass from Bortles for a touchdown. Jacksonville’s defense at least showed up, registering a sack, 2 picks and a forced fumble of their own.
Cincinnati is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 overall, while the Under is 7-1 in their last 8 vs. AFC. Jacksonville is 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 vs. AFC and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 overall, while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Cincinnati is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville hasn’t been good to start the preseason, but I think this is where they finally show up. You always want to ride some momentum going into the regular season and nobody really uses week 4 for that as most of the playing time goes to rookies or third and fourth-stringers just battling for the higher slot on the depth chart. Jacksonville shows up in front of their home crowd to show there’s some life in this team heading into the regular season.
Lay the points with Jacksonville.