Cincinnati Bengals aim to end losing streak against Jacksonville Jaguars in crucial AFC showdown on Monday Night Football. The Bengals, with a record of 5-6 and currently ranked 11th in the AFC, strive for their third straight playoff appearance. Meanwhile, the Jaguars, sitting at 8-3 and boasting an impressive two-game winning streak, seek to claim consecutive division championships for the first time since 1998 and 1999. This highly anticipated matchup marks their first encounter since September 2021.
- When: Monday, Dec. 4 | 8:15 p.m. ET
- Location: EverBank Stadium (Jacksonville, Florida)
- TV: ESPN, ABC | Stream: fubo (try for free)
Monday Night Football Schedule 2023-24
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- Week 13, Dec. 4
Bengals at Jaguars — 8:15 p.m. on ESPN
- Week 14, Dec. 11
Titans at Dolphins — 8:15 p.m. on ESPN
Packers at Giants — 8:15 p.m. on ABC
- Week 15, Dec. 18
Chiefs at Patriots — 8:15 p.m. on ESPN
- Week 16, Dec. 25
Ravens at 49ers — 8:15 p.m. on ABC
Jaguars vs Bengals
Strong Quarterback Performance
One of the most impressive players on the Jaguars team is their third-year veteran quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence has completed over 67% of his passes for 2,746 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He is coming off a strong performance against the Houston Texans, where he threw for 364 yards and one touchdown. With his ability to read defenses and make accurate passes, we can expect him to have another strong performance against the Bengals.
Powerful Running Back
The Jaguars’ running back, Travis Etienne Jr., is also a crucial player to watch out for in this matchup. Etienne has had seven touchdowns this season, with five explosive plays of over 20 yards. He is also a valuable asset when it comes to converting first downs. With his versatility on the field, the Bengals defense will have a hard time containing him.
A Struggling Bengals Offense
On the other hand, the Bengals offense has been struggling since quarterback Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury. Backup quarterback Jake Browning has been filling in, but in three games, he has only thrown for two touchdowns and one interception. The Bengals have also been without their star wide receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, due to COVID protocols. With all of these factors combined, it’s unlikely that the Bengals will be able to put up a significant fight against the Jaguars defense.
Jaguars Dominating Defense
Finally, let’s talk about the Jaguars defense. Jacksonville has the second-best run defense in the league, which is essential as Joe Mixon is an explosive running back for the Bengals. The Jaguars also have a solid pass defense, which could prevent Browning from finding his targets. With their ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and stop the run game, the Jaguars could control the momentum from the beginning of the game.