Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals
Odds: Cincinnati -7, over/under 46
Weather: 69 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation, 4 mph winds
This week’s Thursday night showcase features the last two number one picks in the NFL Draft as Trevor Lawrence and the 1-2 Jacksonville Jaguars head to Cincinnati to take on Joe Burrow and the 2-1 Bengals. Jacksonville is coming off a 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, while Cincinnati defeated their divisional rival the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-10.
Through three games, Lawrence is averaging 223 yards passing per game with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lawrence’s favorite target so far has been Marvin Jones Jr. who has hauled in 17 of 28 targets for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. has 154 yards receiving on seven receptions. Second year player wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. has also been a popular target of Lawrence bringing in 13 of 21 targets for just 95 yards.
Second year running back James Robinson leads the rushing attack picking up 160 yards and one touchdown on the ground, while adding 12 receptions for 92 yards through the air.
Burrow and rookie wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, former college teammates at LSU, have a great rapport hooking up 11 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Cincinnati has a bright trio of wide receivers with Tyler Boyd catching 14 passes for 141 yards and Tee Higgins with 10 receptions for 118 yards, although Higgins is ruled out for the game with a shoulder injury.
Running back Joe Mixon is proving to be one of the best in the league racking up 286 yards on the ground. He hasn’t been much of a factor in the passing game with six receptions for 29 yards.
Jacksonville: DL Roy Robertson-Harris (ankle), K Josh Lambo (personal)
Cincinnati: WR Tee Higgins (shoulder), DB Jessie Bates (Neck)
Cincinnati: DB Chidobe Awuzie (groin), OL Xavier Sua-Filo (knee)