Week 13 of the NFL season is going to wrap up with Monday Night Football, and there is an interesting matchup set to take place. The Cincinnati Bengals will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in a critical game between AFC Playoff contenders.
Injuries have hurt the Cincinnati Bengals this season and they are coming into this game with a record of just 5-6. Cincinnati has to find a way to get back on track in a hurry, but they are also facing a huge test in this game.
Jacksonville comes into this game with a record of 8-3, and they are currently sitting atop the AFC South Division. The Jaguars have won two straight games and they are coming into this one with some momentum.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 9.5-point betting favorites over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football.
Bengals Missing Burrow
The Cincinnati Bengals will be without Joe Burrow for the remainder of the season, and his absence has really hurt this offense. Cincinnati is scoring just 19.3 points per game, and that’s a big change from how they played last season.
Jake Browning is going to be running the offense for Cincinnati, and he has not really proven anything up to this point. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase 75 receptions for 914 yards, and he will have to really show up for the Bengals to win this game.
The defense for the Bengals has been struggling a bit this season as well, but they are on the field way too much. Cincinnati is going to have to get some stops in the secondary if they want to win this game.
Jaguars Flying on Offense
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming into this game averaging 23.1 points per game, but they are capable of being even more explosive. Jacksonville has the ability to score points in a number of ways, and they will be aggressive in this game.
Running back Travis Etienne Jr. has 726 yards this season, and he is going to be someone that has the ball in his hands a ton in this game. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has thrown for just 12 touchdown passes this season, but he is also capable of having a big night.
Jacksonville also has a ton of big playmakers on defense, and they are allowing just 20 points per game. The Jaguars are going to be looking to put pressure on Browning in an attempt to create some turnovers.
Bengals Battle in Close Loss
Even though the Cincinnati Bengals are without Joe Burrow, this is still a team with a ton of talent. Cincinnati knows that it can’t afford to lose another game, and they are going to be aggressive in this game.
The Bengals just don’t have enough offense to keep pace in this game as the Jaguars can really score. Eventually it will be the Jaguars that are able to get a touchdown lead, and they will win by that margin.
Take the 9.5-points and back the Cincinnati Bengals in this game, but the Jaguars are going to win on Monday Night Football.