Thankfully, the Jacksonville Jaguars return to action on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals following a bye week. Earlier in the week we discussed how Jacksonville has played following bye weeks. Now let’s talk about how the Jags have matched up historically against the Bengals.
Cincinnati and Jacksonville may no longer be divisional rivals, but the teams are quite familiar with each other from their time as AFC Central foes from 1995 to 2001. This week will be the 21st all-time meeting between the two squads.
The Bengals have struggled with a 2-5 record. The Jags enter the game at 4-3 and are coming off of a win against the Indianapolis Colts and will look to win back-to-back games for the first time all season.
I know you all have been craving a historical matchups article, due to the bye week and all, am I right? Let’s get down to business.
All-time regular season series record: Jaguars lead 11-9
Last Jaguars win: Oct. 9, 2005 (23-20)
Last Bengals win: Nov. 2, 2014 (33-23)
Current Streak: Bengals have won four games in a row
Biggest Jaguars win: 41--10 (Oct. 31, 1999)
Biggest Bengals win: 27-10 (Sept. 30, 2012)
Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars have outscored the Bengals 446-371 all-time
Quick thoughts: Cincinnati has won the last four games against the Jags from 2008 through 2014. The Jaguars haven’t beaten the Bengals since 2005, but from 1998 through 2005, the Jaguars bested the Bengals nine times in ten games. Cincinnati won the first three games in series history, but Jacksonville has since won 11 times out of 17. The teal and black squad is also 7-3 at home against the Bengals, but 0 for the last two in Jacksonville, which is where the 2017 contest takes place.
Date: Nov. 2, 2014
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland
Team Stats: Jaguars — 247 passing yards, 132 rushing yards, 19 first downs
Bengals — 233 passing yards, 191 rushing yards, 23 first downs
Quick recap: The Bengals controlled the clock and won the battle in the trenches here. Cincy rushed for nearly 200 yards, led by Jeremy Hill who had 154 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Jaguars were able to pick off Andy Dalton twice and sack him twice, but it wasn’t enough as as a 60-yard touchdown run by Hill all but iced the game in the fourth quarter and gave the Bengals a 10-point lead — which would be the difference in the final score. Despite the Bengals’ turnovers, they won the time of possession battle and took home the W.
Date: Sept. 30, 2012
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Team Stats: Jaguars — 186 passing yards, 69 rushing yards, 17 first downs
Bengals— 244 passing yards, 138 rushing yards, 20 first downs
Quick recap: The Bengals dominated this one. Jacksonville’s only lead of the game was when Blaine Gabbert hit Marcedes Lewis for a two-yard touchdown at the begining of the second quarter, giving the Jags the 7-3 advantage. The Bengals then scored 17 unanswered points before Jacksonville got on the board again with a field goal. Cincinnati’s lead ballooned to 27-10 in the fourth quarter and that would be the final score. The Bengals also won the time of possession battle and ground game in this game, doubling the Jags’ total rushing yards. Cincy’s defense dominated, as Gabbert was sacked six times and he threw one pick.
Through the Decades
1990s: Bengals 5-4
2000-2010: Jaguars 6-2
Quick thoughts: As mentioned earlier, the Bengals rattled off three straight wins during the first three meetings between the franchises, which helped give the Bengals the one-game advantage in the 1990s. However, the Jaguars won the last three in the 90s, and then carried that momentum over to the 2000s where Jacksonville won six of the first seven and six of eight overall in that decade. But it’s been all Bengals since 2008 and the Jaguars are hoping to turn their misfortunes around against the team from the Queen City this Sunday.
In 2017, I think it’s clear Jacksonville is the better team. The Bengals have a weak offensive line, while the Jaguars have a tremendous defensive line. That will not bode well for Andy Dalton. The Bengals do, however, have a really good defense. If they’re able to force Bortles to beat them and cause turnovers, Cincinnati could leave Florida with a win. I expect a Jaguars win, but don’t let Cincy’s 2-5 record fool you, this game isn’t a “gimme.”
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