The Bengals come into this game fresh from a 24 - 10 beatdown of their division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The win over the Steelers gave the Bengals a surprising share of first place in the tough AFC North. The Bengals feature 2020 #1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow at quarterback. Burrow has a bevy of offensive weapons to work with, including his old running mate at LSU, standout rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase. After a rough preseason featuring numerous drops, Chase has come out of the gate on fire, with 220 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his first three games. The Bengals also feature a young, tough defense that ranks eighth in the NFL over the first three games.
The Jaguars come into this game looking for their first win of the 2021 campaign. Rookie head coach Urban Meyer has had a rough introduction to the NFL, as has 2021 #1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence. Billed as a can’t miss prospect at quarterback, thus far Lawrence has missed quite a bit. Lawrence leads the NFL with seven interceptions and sports a pedestrian passer rating of 60. The Jaguars have been bad on offense and even worse on defense. The Jaguars defense ranks 29th in the NFL. They have given up more than 300 passing yards per game. That does not bode well against the Bengals plethora of high octane receivers.
It’s the Bengals and the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football. Enjoy the game everybody.