The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Thursday’s NFL Matchup



KICKOFF: 8:20 p.m. — NFL Network

OPENING LINE: Bengals by 7½, according to FanDuel SportsBook

AGAINST THE SPREAD: Jaguars 0-3, Bengals 3-0.

SERIES RECORD: Jaguars lead 13-10.

LAST MEETING: Bengals beat Jaguars 33-25 on Oct. 4, 2020, in Cincinnati.

LAST WEEK: Jaguars lost to Cardinals 31-19; Bengals beat Steelers 24-10.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jaguars RB James Robinson is coming off his best game of the season, carrying 15 times for 88 yards and a touchdown. He averaged a season-best 5.9 yards per carry, with a long of 21. He also had 46 receiving yards . ... Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase, after dropping passes throughout the preseason, has 11 catches on 16 targets with four touchdowns. He caught two TD passes in the win over the Steelers.

KEY MATCHUP: QB Joe Burrow vs. Jacksonvil­le’s defense. Burrow has thrown for 640 yards and seven touchdowns but also has four intercepti­ons. He threw three on consecutiv­e pass attempts in the Week 2 loss to the Bears. The Jaguars have struggled to generate steady pressure and are allowing over 300 yards per game through the air.

KEY INJURIES: Jaguars: OL Andrew Norwell (ankle), DL Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle). Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie (groin), S Jesse Bates (neck), WR Tee Higgins (shoulder), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee), OT Riley Reiff (ankle).

STATS AND STUFF: Burrow and Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence are two of the seven active NFL quarterbac­ks who were selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. … Jacksonvil­le has lost 18 consecutiv­e games, eight shy of tying the NFL record set by Tampa Bay. The 0-3 start is the sixth in Jacksonvil­le franchise history. … Lawrence completed a season-high 64.7% (22 for 34) for 219 yards and a touchdown but threw two intercepti­ons in the loss to Arizona.

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