3 keys to beating the Bengals: Jaguars must make Cincinnati offense one-dimensional

• The Jaguars are riding a 2-game winning streak onto MNF

• They'll next welcome the Jake Browning-led Bengals

• Here are three keys for the Jags to get their 3rd win in a row

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) drops back with the ball in the first quarter of
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) drops back with the ball in the first quarter of / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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2. The Jaguars O-Line must keep Trevor Lawrence protected on Monday Night Football

Although the Jaguars were a top-10 offense early in the season, they often stalled and left lots of points on the field. Looking back, there were a few things holding Jacksonville back. Drops and Trevor Lawrence's knee injury certainly played a role but the biggest reason for their inability to reach the end zone was probably the offensive line's inability to open running lanes and give Trevor Lawrence good protections.

The good news is that Lawrence's knee is no longer an issue and the team's cut down on the drops. Also, the offensive line has done a much better job up front, allowing a combined 12 total pressures and one sack the past two weeks. Lawrence has taken advantage of the extra time he's been afforded and has taken deep shots more often.

Against the Texans, he had four completions of 40 yards or more, the most a Jaguars quarterback had posted in a game since 2000. Similarly, he's posted a 67.14 completion rate for 626 yards with three touchdowns, and just one interception the past two games. In Week 13, Jacksonville will need to contain defensive linemen Trey Hendrickson and D.J. Reader. The duo have a combined 11.5 sacks this season and will try to force Steezy Trev to get rid of the ball faster than he should.

Walker Little will be making the start at left tackle with Cam Robinson expected to miss three to six weeks. He'll be assigned to block Hendrickson most of the game. Ezra Cleveland, who will be making his first start at guard in Jacksonville, and center Luke Fortner, will be tasked with slowing Reed and fellow defensive tackle B.J. Hill down.