3 toughest defenses on the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94), Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle BJ Hill (92).
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94), Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle BJ Hill (92). / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have given Trevor Lawrence a pretty talented supporting cast and it's not farfetched to suggest that they'll have of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL in 2023. On the other hand, the Jags will have their work cut out as they're set to face some of the top defenses in the league.

In fact, the Jags will face five of the 10 stingiest defenses from last year, with the Pittsburgh Steelers barely missing the cut at No. 11. So which defenses have the potential to become a head for Jacksonville in 2023? Here are three candidates.

No. 3 toughest defense on the Jacksonville Jaguars schedule: Cincinnati Bengals

When you think of the Bengals, Joe Burrow and their high-powered offense come to mind but they low-key ranked sixth in points allowed last year. This isn't necessarily impressive when you take a look at their defensive front.

Led by Pro Bowl defensive end Trey Hendrickson, Cincy's defensive line won't rack up huge sack totals but they'll consistently apply pressure up front. Similarly, their secondary only mustered 13 interceptions, good for 18th in the league but they made up for it by allowing just 17 passing touchdowns, the fourth lowest last year.

On the other hand, the Bengals weren't nearly as effective stopping the run, ranking 13th in rushing touchdowns allowed. That and the departure of safeties Von Bell and Jessie Bates III in free agency could incentivize the Jaguars to adopt an aggressive approach on offense when the Bengals visit TIAA Bank Field next season.