The Jacksonville Jaguars will look to win their third straight game on Monday Night Football when they play the Cincinnati Bengals. Earlier in the season, this game looked like a potential playoff preview between two young star quarterbacks (Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow).
However, with Burrow out for the rest of the season (wrist), this primetime matchup has lost a lot of its luster. The Jaguars opened as 7.5-point favorites over the Bengals, but that number has moved to eight.
Can Lawrence and the Jags build off last week’s win over the Texans, or will Cincinnati pull off the upset with Jake Browning? Below, we will break down this Week 13 matchup and give our best bet!
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Bengals vs. Jaguars Odds, Spread and Total
Bengals vs. Jaguars Betting Trends
- The Bengals are 4-6-1 ATS this season
- Cincinnati is 2-8 straight up in its last 10 road games against Jacksonville
- Jacksonville is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games
- The Jaguars are 4-1 in their past five games vs. AFC North teams
Bengals vs. Jaguars Injury Reports
Bengals Injury Report
- Cam Taylor-Britt - CB - Questionable
- D’Ante Smith - OT - Questionable
- Joe Burrow - QB - IR
- Tee Higgins - WR - Questionable
- Logan Wilson - LB - Questionable
Jaguars Injury Report
- Tyson Campbell - CB - Questionable
- Cam Robinson - OT - IR
Bengals vs. Jaguars How to Watch
- Date: Monday, Dec. 4
- Game Time: 8:15 p.m. EST
- Venue: EverBank Stadium
- How to Watch (TV): ABC/ESPN
- Bengals Record: 5-6
- Jaguars Record: 8-3
Bengals vs. Jaguars Key Players to Watch
Ja’Marr Chase: If Jags CB Tyson Campbell doesn’t play on Monday night, the Bengals should look to attack their secondary with Chase. The star wide receiver had a bounce-back game last week against the Steelers, leading the team with four receptions (six targets) for 81 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown, but it was good to see Jake Browning look towards his way.
Some of Browning’s passes to Chase weren’t great, but he still found a way to make a play on them. For the Bengals to snap their losing streak, they must get a herculean performance from the former LSU wideout.
Travis Etienne Jr.: The 24-year-old running back had another quiet performance on the ground against the Texans last week. Houston’s defense held Etienne Jr. to 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 yards per carry). The only saving grace for Etienne was his contribution to the passing game – four receptions (six targets) for 30 yards.
The young running back hasn’t averaged more than four yards per carry since Week 5 against the Bills (5.2). He will try to change that against the Bengals’ defense, which has trouble stopping the run.
It should continue on Sunday afternoon against the Panthers, who have allowed 124.9 rushing yards per game and 18 touchdowns this season.
Bengals vs. Jaguars Prediction and Pick
With this game being on Monday night, it’s still too early to determine if Tyson Campbell or Tee Higgins will play. Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters earlier this week that Higgins could return to action against the Jaguars, per Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Bengals would love to have Higgins back on the field, who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. Higgins and Chase would be a huge boost for Browning, as he didn’t get any help from veteran running back Joe Mixon in the rushing department last week.
Cincinnati shouldn’t expect a breakout performance from Mixon against the Jaguars’ defense, which is holding opponents to 87.4 yards per game. As for the Jaguars, this seems like a prime spot to get Etienne and the running game going.
If Etienne Jr. can rip off a couple of 10-plus yard runs, it should open up the passing game for Trevor Lawrence and the Jags wide receivers. As long as Jacksonville doesn’t make crucial mistakes and plays up to its standard, they’ll win.
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