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Bengals vs. Jaguars 2012: First half game thread

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Join the Big Cat Country community for the first half game thread for the Jaguars' Sunday game against the Bengals.

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The Bengals defense has done a very good job of not allowing the big play in 2012; unfortunately for the team, they've been unable to stop virtually anything else. With the NFL's No. 29 ranked defense, they've allowed a whopping 6.4 yards per play, despite allowing just one play of more than 40 yards in 2012.

What do you make out of these numbers? The Bengals are giving up large chunks of yardage on a consistent basis. With Cameron Bradfield and Eben Britton back in the lineup for Week 4, the Jaguars could take advantage of that and reclaim the offensive form that had fans excited during the first half of Week 1.

On defense, though, the Jaguars will have to make sure to slow a Bengals offense that has had more explosive plays than any team in the NFL. Their five plays of 40+ lead the league, due mostly to the explosive nature of A.J. Green and little-known Andrew Hawkins. Getting to Andy Dalton (who looks a lot like Ganondorf to me...I can't be the only one) is going to be a priority on Sunday. Sack Ganon Dalton and the Jaguars can work to avoid the big play.

Check out previous game coverage for more on today's game

Game time, TV, and more | Video: Keys to the game | Jaguars look to begin win streak | Take the training wheels off Blaine Gabbert | Curious case of Justin Blackmon | Odds preview | Three Jaguars to watch | Three Bengals to watch | Final injury report

The official list of inactives for Sunday's game.

Jaguars

Kevin Rutland
Daryl Smith
Brandon Marshall
Herb Taylor
Daniel Baldridge
George Selvie
Jeris Pendleton

Bengals

Nate Clements
Jason Allen
Dre Kirkpatrick
Bernard Scott
Leon Hall
Roddrick Muckelroy
Ryan Whalen

Notes:

- The Jaguars will again start Kyle Bosworth in the place of Daryl Smith; however, Eben Britton and Cameron Bradfield will make their returns to the starting lineup in Week 4.

- The Bengals will have just three cornerbacks on their active roster Sunday. Four cornerbacks will be inactive.