2. The Jaguars defense struggled but Josh Allen continued his DPOY campaign
This wasn't a good day for the Jaguars' defense. Cornerback Tyson Campbell, in his return after missing the past two games, allowed a touchdown to wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase. Also, the Jags had no answer for Joe Mixon and the running game, giving up 132 yards and more than five yards per carry. Not only that, Cincy was able to consistently move the chains, getting over 20 first downs and completing more than 50 percent of their third-down attempts.
Tackling was definitely an issue, and it will be something the defense will need to work on if they don't want to get embarrassed against "better opponents in what's left of the season. Without Joe Burow at the helm, the Jags were supposed to shut down the Cincinnati passing game, but that wasn't the case. Jake Browning carved the Jacksonville secondary with ease, often targeting Ja'Marr Chase, who was arguably their MVP, hauling in 10 receptions for 141 yards with one touchdown.
The silver lining is that Josh Allen continues to make his case for Defensive Player of the Year in 2023. Besides getting 1.5 sacks and forcing the Bengals to punt in their opening drive, he had a huge interception off Jake Browning in the third quarter. Not long after the pick the Jags scored to get on top 28-21.
Cincinnati later tied the game, but at least Allen continues to have an outstanding season on a day in which not many things went right for the Jaguars.