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Jaguars Vs. Bengals Recap: Jags Lose To Bengals 30-20

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost Sunday afternoon to the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20, 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. The Jags, however, 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.

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