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The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) could not hold their late lead, falling to the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2), with a score of 30-20. The Bengals took advantage of a flurry of late miscues from the Jaguars, erasing a four point deficit with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.
The Jaguars opened the first quarter with an impressive 10-play drive, culminating in a 6-yard Maurice Jones-Drew touchdown run, giving the Jaguars an early 7-0 lead. The Bengals responded, however, taking their opening drive 69 yards for a crazy 37 yard touchdown pass: After Jeremy Mincey sacked Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton for a 7 yard sack, it appeared the Jags defense had stymied the Bengals offense, but on 3rd and 17, Dalton rifled a pass to A.J. Green along the sideline, dashing into the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-7 game.
Early in the second half, Andy Dalton lobbed an ill-advised toss which safety Dwight Lowery plucked from the air, dashing within five yards of a Jags touchdown. Unfortunately, the Bengals defense stiffened, holding the Jags to a 19-yard Josh Scobee field goal and a 10-7 lead.
With the first half ending, the Bengals playing with a short field, drove 57 yards for a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. The Bengals had to settle for six points, however, as Mike Nugent could not push the extra point kick through the blustery Jacksonville afternoon, leaving the game tied at 13-13.
Neither offense looked impressive in the third quarter, as the both teams added zeros to the scoreboard. The Jags offense, in 3 third quarter drives, amassed a total of 1 yard as the Bengals offense put up 39 yards over 3 drives.
In the fourth quarter, the Bengals took a 16-13 lead with under 10 minutes remaining, but the Jags responded quickly as rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert heaved a touchdown pass deep to the wide-open Jason Hill. The 74-yard touchdown pass gave the Jaguars a 20-16 lead with only eight and a half minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, two drives later, punter Matt Turk -- who had previously had an impressive game -- booted a 22-yard stinker of a punt, which died in the howling winds and set up the Bengals for a Bernard Scott touchdown run and a 23-20 advantage.
With a few ticks under 2:00 minutes left, the Jags began to attempt a two-minute drill. After two incompletions, though, a premature snap from Brad Meester sailed by Blaine Gabbert, giving the Bengals the ball and 1:13 to kill. After they could not get a first down, though, the Jags received the ball on downs with just enough time to execute a short-pass-and-pitch play, which disastrously ended with a fumble recovery and Bengals touchdown by Geno Atkins, and the final 30-20 score.
On the day, the Jags coaching staff had be relatively pleased with the performance from Blaine Gabbert, who threw for over 200 yards and avoided any costly interceptions. The defense, despite playing very well in the preceding weeks, allowed the Bengals offense to go 8 for 19 on 3rd down conversions and, a more troubling stat, 2 for 3 on 4th down. The Bengals only amassed 239 total offensive yards on the day, but the yards they most needed, they got.
|Kickoff Returns||Punt Returns|
|Cecil Shorts III||4||0||0||0||0||0||8||40||5||27||0|
|Josh Scobee||4||0 - 0||1 - 1||1 - 1||2 - 2||2 - 2||6||6||100.0%||3||3||100.0%||21|
|Cecil Shorts III||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost Sunday afternoon to the Cincinnati Bengals 29-20, falling to 1-4 on the season. With the win the Bengals go to 3-2 on the season.
The Jaguars looked good early, going 80 yards on the first drive of the game for a Maurice Jones-Drew rushing touchdown to put them up 7-0. The Bengals answered on their first possession, scoring on a 37-yard scoring strike from rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to fellow rookie wide receiver A.J. Green.
However, the Bengals offense bogged down soon thereafter and wouldn't show up again until the end of the first half. In the interim, the Jags kicked two field goals to make the score 13-7. Just before the half the Bengals answered again with another Andy Dalton touchdown, but they were unable to convert the extra point, leaving the game at a 13-13 stalemate.
The third quarter did not produce a score from either team, but Mike Nugent opened up the scoring again with a field goal for the Bengals to make the score 16-13, but the Jags would quickly respond with a 74-yard TD strike from Blaine Gabbert to Jason Hill.
Unfortunately for the Jags it just wasn't in the cards, as the Bengals scored with just under two minutes remaining on a Bernard Scott TD plunge, and again as time expired on a 10-yard fumble return by Geno Atkins to provide the final margin.
There were positives to take away though, as Blaine Gabbert had his best game to date, going 15-28 for 197 yards and the TD with no interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew also carried the ball 19 times for 85 yards and his TD, and Jason Hill had 126 yards receiving and a TD on five catches.
The Jaguars will try to recover and get back on track next week at Pittsburgh.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have pulled back ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals on a 74-yard Blaine Gabbert touchdown pass to Jason Hill with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.
Gabbert, who is easily putting together his best performance yet as a pro, is 12-25 for 192 yards and the touchdown with no interceptions. Maurice Jones-Drew has accounted for the other Jacksonville touchdown of the afternoon and has 85 yards on 19 carries.
The Jags and Bengals each opened the game with a touchdown on their opening drive, but didn't score again until the Jags kicked two field goals midway through the second quarter. The Bengals answered before halftime with a touchdown, but were unable to convert the extra point opportunity, leaving the score tied at 13 all going into the half.
After an uneventful third quarter, the Bengals struck first in the fourth on a Mike Nugent 47-yard field goal with 9:46 to play. But the Jags answered just a minute later with Gabbert's long touchdown strike.
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The visiting Cincinnati Bengals have tied the game back up at half 13-13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Instead of kicking two field goals, the Bengals relied on a touchdown on another touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. This time Dalton connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham for a three-yard score with just 21 ticks left in the first half. However, the Bengals were unable to capitalize on the extra point as Mike Nugent's kick was no good.
The Bengals surged back into the game offensively and are now on level footing yardage-wise with the Jaguars. The Jaguars dominated the early portion of the game offensively as Cincinnati struggled to keep the chains moving after their opening drive.
The play of both rookie quarterbacks has tailed off from their torrid pace at the game's inception, but Dalton has added another touchdown pass to his total, giving him two for the day.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa for more updates and analysis on this game as it moves along.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have taken the lead against the Cincinnati Bengals and then extended it on two Josh Scobee field goals in the second quarter. The field goals were from 19 and 20 yards respectively. So far the Jaguars have dominated the stat sheet both offensively and defensively.
On offense, the Jaguars have 156 total yards to the Bengals 60, and have 77 rushing yards to the Bengals 22. Defensively, the Jags have forced an Andy Dalton interception and have sacked the rookie quarterback twice.
The two teams each scored on their opening drives. For Jacksonville Maurice Jones-Drew led it off with a 6-yard touchdown run. The Bengals followed that with a 37-yard strike from Dalton to fellow rookie wide receiver A.J. Green. The score was tied 7-7 at the end of the first. Since then, Scobee's two field goals are the difference as the two teams approach the two-minute warning in the first half.
Stay tuned, much more action left in this one.
The Cincinnati Bengals have evened the game 7-7, with a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars, with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, the score is still tied 7-7. The touchdown was scored by a combination of rookies, as rookie quarterback Andy Dalton hooked up with rookie wide receiver A.J. Green on a 37-yard pass.
The score also came on the Bengals first possession, answering the Jaguars score on the game's first possession. The Bengals went 69 yards on 12 plays, gaining 54 yards through the air and 22 on the ground while losing seven on a sack.
Both rookie quarterbacks have looked good to this point, as Gabbert is 4-5 for 58 yards and Dalton is 3-5 for 54 yards and a touchdown. Neither quarterback has thrown an interception and both quarterbacks sport QB Ratings of over 115.
Stay tuned to SB Nation for further coverage.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the board first against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals after a six-yard touchdown run by running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones landed in the end zone just over five minutes into the game at the 9:43 mark. The Jaguars scored the touchdown on the opening drive, marching the ball 80 yards downfield on 10 plays, the strength of which were 42 yards from Jones-Drew and 38 yards passing from rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert has looked good so far, completing 3-4 passes to this point to Mike Thomas, Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts. The Jaguars time of possession on the drive was 5:25
This is a good sign for Jacksonville, who have experienced difficulties in their first four games to score the ball. The Jags have averaged fewer than 10 points per game and rank last out of the 32 teams in the NFL is passing yardage.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa. More updates to come as they happen.
After defeating the previously undefeated Buffalo Bills in Week 4, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) look to take down the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) Sunday afternoon at EverBank Field. Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert will need the continued support of a Jacksonville running game that ranks sixth in the legaue to take dwon a surprisingly stout Bengals defense that is currently the NFL's top dog, allwoing just 275.5 total yards per game. This is the fist matchup of these two teams since 2008, when the Bengals beats the Jaguars 21-19. The full list of inactive players for both teams is below:
List of Bengals Week 5 Inactives:
List of Jaguars Week 5 Inactives:
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After winning their season opener over the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars have looked like the young and inconsistent squad that many expected them to be at the outset of the 2011 NFL season. Offensively, the running game has been fairly solid. The Jags are averaging 127 yards per game, the sixth highest mark in the league. The passing attack however is a work in progress. Blaine Gabbert has not been disastrous, but as one might expect, he’s had his struggles. Jack Del Rio is pleased with the direction of the offense under Gabbert though, so don’t expect him to be on a short lease or anything anytime too soon.
Defensively, the Jaguars have fared well outside of their sloppy play in a 32-3 blowout loss against the Jets. Jacksonville is in the top half of the league against both the run and the pass, and if you remove the one performance against New York, has allowed just under 18 points per game.
Del Rio’s squad will face an interesting test in Week 5, a game that might indicate what type of team the Jaguars really are this season. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming to town, and while that looks like a very winnable game on paper, the Bengals are a tougher out than most people realize. Now, nobody believes the Jaguars are quite ready to compete for a playoff spot in ’11, but they do have enough talent on both sides of the ball to take care of business at home against visiting teams with young quarterbacks. Like Jacksonville, Cincinnati is just that — a team relying on rookie Andy Dalton to not put the team behind the eight ball with frequent mistakes. Jags fans will either go to bed Sunday night feeling optimistic about their football team or dejected by the prospects of a long season following their fourth consecutive loss.
Here are the Friday injury reports filed to the league by both Jacksonville and Cincinnati.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-3)
OUT: CB Derek Cox (groin), RB Montell Owens (knee)
Doubtful: TE Zach Miller (shoulder), WR Kassim Osgood (hamstring), G Jason Spitz (quadricep)
Questionable: S Courtney Greene (neck), DE Aaron Kampman (knee)
Probable: DT Tyson Alualu (knee), T Eugene Monroe (shoulder)
CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-2)
Doubtful: CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), LB Dontay Moch (foot)
Questionable: S Jeromy Miles (groin)
Probable: S Chris Crocker (knee), S Taylor Mays (illness), T Andre Smith (foot), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
When the 2011 NFL schedule was released, I presume that most fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars penciled their Week 5 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals as one of the most winnable games of the year. It's a home date for the Jaguars, and come on, it's the Bengals. Well, I don't suspect that too many fans have changed their tune about this week being a good opportunity to notch a win, but the Bengals have looked somewhat decent through four weeks. Defensively, they've looked better than just decent. The Bengals sport the top ranked overall defense having allowed a mere 275 yards per game. They're slightly better against the pass (3rd) than they are stopping the run (3rd), so this week might not be the week that Blaine Gabbert and the Jags' offense establish the rhythm and consistency that's alluded them through the rookie quarterback's first three career starts. Then again, the Jags should have plenty of chances as Cincinnati's offense has been equally inconsistent. They too have a rookie quarterback, Andy Dalton, under center.
Here's a few facts and figures for each team in anticipation of Sunday's showdown in Florida.
After winning their season opener against AFC South foe Tennessee, the Jacksonville Jaguars have dropped their last three games to fall to 1-3 at the quarter pole of the 2011 NFL season. The Jaguars have a great opportunity to get back in the win column this Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon.
The Bengals sports one of the league’s better defenses, allowing fewer than 250 total yards of offense per game. Their pass defense is particularly stout, yielding just 188 yards per contest so far, the third fewest in all of football.
The Jaguars look to find weaknesses in the Bengals’ secondary in what will be Blaine Gabbert’s third career NFL start. Needless to say, Gabbert has had his fair share of struggles the past two weeks, but he’s show enough promise for Jags’ fans to remain hopeful that the team made the right decision in moving on from the more experienced David Garrard this offseason.
Gabbert can at least take solace in the fact that one of his most dangerous targets, Mike Thomas, has signed a contract extension as of Thursday afternoon. The third-year WR out of Arizona increased his rookie year totals of 48 receptions, 453 yards, 1 TD to 66 catches, 820 yards and 4 TDs in 2010. He was the team’s leading receiver a year ago.
Through four games, the former fourth round draft pick has hauled in 20 catches for 212 yards and 1 TD, which must have been enough evidence for the Jags front office to feel comfortable locking him down for the next three years.
Though not confirmed, the terms of the extension are believed to be for three years and $18 million. If the extension is in fact for three years, Thomas will be in a Jags uniform through at least the 2014 season. It’s not clear how much of that will be guaranteed, or how much comes in the form of a signing bonus. We’ll be sure to update that information just as soon as it becomes available.
Congratulations to Thomas on the new deal. Now the Jags hope he rewards them with a big game on Sunday as they look to get back in the win column and improve to 2-3 on the year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars look to end a three-game losing streak on Sunday, Oct. 8, when they host the 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals. Jacksonville owns the league's worst offense, having scored just 39 points on the season, and not more than 16 in a single game, owing to a dreadful passing game. Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Luke McCown have combined for two touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 50 percent completion rate.
Cincinnati enters the game fresh off becoming the first team to defeat the Buffalo Bills this season. It's an almost exactly average team, having been outscored by just six points through four games, so its 2-2 record is more than appropriate.
The only reliable weapon in the Jags' offensive arsenal, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, will face quite a challenge: the Bengals yield just 3.1 yards per carry, the No. 1 figure in the NFL.
Despite these factors, Jacksonville stands as a narrow favorite to knock off Cincinnati this week, according to SB Nation partner OddsShark. The Jags opened as 1.5-point favorites; depending on where one looks, they're now favored by as many as three points and as few as one.
There was a chance that the Jacksonville Jaguars game against the Cincinnati Bengals was going to be blacked out because of a failure to sell out the Stadium in Jacksonville, meaning the game would be blacked out on television in the local market. Luckily for fans of the Jaguars who don't want to shell out the money to go to the game but still wish to watch their team, it seems like that won't be happening.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will will host the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend as two young teams look to find their rhythm.
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