BEN­GALS, 20-19

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF -

Con­sen­sus line: Jaguars by 31⁄ 2 Pre­dic­tion: The Jaguars haven’t been in this spot in a decade, which means play­ing mean­ing­ful games in Novem­ber is new for all in­volved. But the de­fense is good enough to keep the wins com­ing, and in stretches it has been dom­i­nant. QB Blake Bor­tles re­mains both a bit of a mys­tery and a li­a­bil­ity, but if the Jaguars can run the ball and play with the lead, they’ll stay in the race. The Ben­gals’ chances lie in es­tab­lish­ing their run game and forc­ing Bor­tles into mis­takes. The Ben­gals have enough vet­eran ex­pe­ri­ence to win on the road and get back in the play­off mix, but do they have the poise? This one should be de­cided in the fi­nal min­utes.

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