The silver lining of playing on Thursday Night Football is the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t have much time to think about their bewildering loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4. Instead, they have just a few days to prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals, who are favored to win by eight points in Week 4.
This won’t be an easy game for the Jags. The Bengals currently have a 2-1 record and their defense ranks seventh in points allowed. Moreover, they have a young core of offensive playmakers and have scored an AFC North-high 68 points in three games. How often can you say Cincy is a better team than the Baltimore Ravens or the Pittsburgh Steelers?
It’s still early to crown the Bengals and peg them as a playoff team. However, they will be a tough opponent in Week 4. If the Jags want to pull the upset, they will have to keep these five Bengals in check on Thursday Night Football.
The Jacksonville Jaguars must account for this Bengals wide receiver.
1. Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver
With Tee Higgins potentially missing the game, quarterback Joe Burrow may lean heavily on rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
The LSU product is a prime example of why offseason and preseason performances aren’t a surefire indicator of future success. You may or may have not heard that Chase struggled with drops before the regular season. However, that now looks like a footnote in his rookie card, as he has gone on to haul in 11 receptions for 220 years and four touchdowns.
Jaguars cornerback Shaquill Griffin limited All-Pro wide receiver to three receptions for 21 yards and no touchdowns in Week 4. Will the 2019 Pro Bowl nod have the same kind of performance against Chase?