The Bengals (2-1) are in the difficult AFC North, where they are tied with Baltimore and Cleveland. Stumbling against the 0-3 Jaguars would be a major step backward for a team that has taken several steps ahead in September, including victories over Minnesota and archrival Pittsburgh.
“You continue to build the culture and build the winning culture,” says quarterback Joe Burrow. “And we’re starting to understand how to win. On offense, we’ve got to get better at putting the dagger in them when we have them on the ropes. We can finish better.”
Jacksonville’s season appears finished before it has played a month worth of games. Burrow, recruited to Ohio State by now-Jags coach Urban Meyer — Burrow left for LSU when he couldn’t earn the starting job and won a national title with the Tigers — believes his former coach will get things corrected.
“Nobody likes losing, and Coach Meyer especially doesn’t like losing,” he says. “So, I’m sure he’s going to figure out any way he can to start getting wins.”
Not this week.
KNOCKOUT POOL: Never had to sweat as the Broncos took care of business vs. the inept Jets. This time, we will go with BUFFALO against the not quite as inept Texans.
No. 30 New York Giants (plus 8) at No. 15 New Orleans