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Week 5 NFL Lines And Odds: Jaguars Narrow Favorites Against Bengals

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.

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