Jaguars offense could feast on these 3 defenses in 2021

Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars at 2021's draft party (Imagn Images photo pool)
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Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards #35 and Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates #30 /

This should be another favorable matchup for the Jacksonville Jaguars offense.

The Jaguars played the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020 and they will face off against them again this year. Jacksonville lost their last matchup but the outcome won’t be the same this year. This game will probably be advertised as “the battle of the two first overall picks: Joe Burrow vs Trevor Lawrence”. Nevertheless, there are other factors that will decide this contest.

Last season, Cincy finished 22d in points allowed and 26th in touchdowns surrendered. This year, they could rank even lower. They lost cornerback William Jackson III in free agency and didn’t do much to make up for his loss. They signed Chidobe Awuzie, who is a decent starter, and also poached Mike Hilton from the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, neither of them is an upper-echelon player.

On the other hand, the Bengals revamped their defensive front this offseason. They signed defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and defensive end Trey Hendrickson. Furthermore, they drafted Joseph Ossiah in this year’s selection meeting. Their front four could take some pressure off their secondary but even then, the Jags wide receivers should be able the get the best of the Bengals’ back seven.

This is going to be the Jaguars’ only primetime game of the 2021 season, so they need to make the most out of it and prove the spotlight isn’t too big for them. Jacksonville is going to have a relatively soft schedule, and they could be 2-1 or even 3-0 heading into this matchup. They can’t let Cincy hand them their first loss of the year.