Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 9/29/12

If I said I cared about this game at all, I would be lying directly to your ugly mug. I assume you’re ugly because I assume the only people who care about this game are Benglas’ and Jaguars’ fans. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Cincinnati or Jacksonville, but there isn’t a great selection of lookers in either fan base. When Jacksonville eventually moves to Los Angeles, then we’ll have a different discussion. But I still likely wouldn’t care about this game. Cincinnati’s going to win. No doubt in my mind. The Jaguars were lucky to steal their lone victory of the season and they’ll be lucky to triple that number by Week 17.

What Cincinnati Must Do in Order to Win This Game

Andy Dalton —–> A.J. Green. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

What Jacksonville Must Do in Order to Win This Game

According to the incredibly lazy research I just did prior to writing this sentence, the Bengals rank 31st in all of football in rushing defense allowing 155 yards per game. Maurice Jones-Drew remains trapped in Jacksonville for the time being. Crazy idea: rush the ball. Every down. Every play. Regardless of the score. For 60 minutes. Only chance the Jaguars have in winning this contest because Blaine Gabbert sure as hell isn’t going to get the job done. Against a putrid Colts’ defense last week, Gabbert completed 10 out of 21 passes for 155 yards. 80 of those 155 yards came on a game winning pass to Cecil Shorts III with 45 seconds left in the game. Without that pass, you’re talking about nine of 20 for 75 yards. Absolutely attrocious. Gabbert has completed 50.6% of his passes on the season, which is good enough for 31st in the league (a mere tenth of a point better than Mark Sanchez). Now you know why they should run the ball with MJD every single play.

Final Prediction

31-17 Cincinnati. Not a major blowout by any means but that’s only because I assume MJD is actually going to have well over 100 yards and a touchdown. Jacksonville’s defense or special teams will score the other touchdown. No idea which. Surprise me Jaguars.

 


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