The Bengals continued to supply pressure, as they scored on their next possession.
By BRYANT K. KIZER
The Cincinnati Bengals’ defense finally showed up in their 27-10 victory over the hosting Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bengals’ defense held the Jags to 212 yards total offense. The Jags running back, Maurice Jones-Drew, was held to 38 yards on 13 carries. The Jags’ offensive possessions consisted of six punts, an interception and loss of downs. The Jags only converted two third-down conversions out of 11.
The Bengals’ defense, led by Geno Atkins, sacked Jags’ quarterback Blaine Gabbert six times. Atkins had two sacks.
“He’s not a guy that’s going to get the ball down the field a lot. He does a lot of check downs. If you don’t corral him, he’ll look for a way to run,” said Akins. “A big emphasis going into this week was to stop the run and stop Jones-Drew. We did a good job doing that, but we have to do a better job on stopping the quarterback and not letting him run. A big key to winning games is getting after the quarterback – sacking him and rattling him. We’re doing a good job of that so far.”
On offense, the quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green connection continues to be a force. Dalton threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Green had 117 yards on six receptions and one touchdown.
“They had one-on-one coverage on him and we had the right call on it. He made a great play, great catch and wish he would have gotten in the end zone on it. But we found a way to put it in. We want to get him the ball different ways. He made some great plays today and it shows how talented he is,” said Dalton.
The Bengals are, record wise, tied with the Baltimore Ravens at 3-1 in the AFC North, but the Ravens own first place because they won the first meeting on opening night.
The Bengals got on the scoreboard first on a 35-yard field goal by Mike Nugent. That 3-0 lead would last until the second quarter. Gabbert would throw his lone touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis, a two-yard reception.
The Bengals responded on their next possession. Chris Pressley would cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown reception. With Nugent’s extra-point, the Bengals led 10-7.
The Bengals continued to supply pressure, as they scored on their next possession. This touchdown came on the feet of Dalton, a one-yard run. The Bengals led at the half 17-7.
Each team had long drives in the one possession each third quarter. The Jags (1-3) are the only one that scored on a 21-yard field goal by Josh Scobee. That drive was 14-plays, 77-yards and almost eight minutes.
Bengals roster change:Tight end Richard Quinn was released by the Bengals and defensive back Chris Lewis-Harris was added from the practice squad. The Bengals are trying to add depth to their secondary.
Next the Bengals vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m.:Will this be an air-raid game? With the Bengals being thin in the defensive secondary, Miami Dolphins’ rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill might have an air-day. Tannehill threw for a career-high of 431 yards in their 24-21 overtime loss against Arizona. Wide receiver Brian Hartline (former Ohio State) had a career day as well. Hartline set a Dolphins record with 253 yards on 12 catches. Wide receiver Davone Bess had 123 yards on seven catches. But their secondary gave up a lot of yards.
Kizer’s pick: Cincinnati 35-24