The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) head to Ohio this weekend for an all-AFC clash with the Cincinnati Bengals (0-6). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on October 20th at Paul Brown Stadium and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Jaguars listed as 3-point road favorites. That spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as Jacksonville is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 43.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 7 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Bengals vs Jaguars Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Jaguars lost their second game in a row last weekend, falling 13-6 at home against New Orleans to drop to 2-4 on the season overall. Jacksonville fought hard for four quarters but couldn’t find a way to get the job done over the final 15 minutes, giving up seven unanswered points which proved to be the difference on the scoreboard. QB Gardner Minshew went just 14/29 for 163 passing yards and no touchdowns while also throwing a costly interception. RB Leonard Fournette had another solid game on the ground, racking up well over 100 all-purpose yards against a tough Saints rushing defense. Dede Westbrook led the way for the receiving corps, making three catches for 53 yards. As a whole, the Jaguars gained under 250 yards of offense and failed to score a single touchdown.
Jacksonville was very solid defensively against New Orleans, holding the Saints offense to just over 300 total yards and one touchdown. The Jaguars were especially impressive defending against the run, as they only allowed 104 rushing yards.
The Bengals are still in search of their first win of the season after losing 23-17 on the road in Baltimore last weekend. Cincinnati trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and never recovered, scoring just seven points in the second half en route to their sixth loss in a row. QB Andy Dalton went just 21/39 for 235 yards and no touchdowns while also throwing an interception. The Bengals were terrible on the ground,as the entire team rushed for just 33 yards combined. Auden Tate had another solid performance in the absence of both A.J. Green and John Ross, hauling in five receptions for 91 yards. Overall, the offense generated well under 300 total yards and scored just one touchdown against their AFC North rivals.
Cincinnati had an average outing on the other side of the ball in Week 6, holding the Titans to two touchdowns despite giving up well over 400 total yards of offense. However, the Bengals got torched on the ground by Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, as he rushed for 152 yards and a score on a game-high 19 carries.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Jaguars -3
Despite having to play on the road here in Week 7, I’m all over the Jags against the spread in this AFC matchup on Sunday. Jacksonville has clearly been the superior team on both sides of the ball, especially on defense where they have given up just 44 points combined in three out of their last four games overall. The same certainly can’t be said for the lowly Bengals, who have allowed their opponents to average well over 25 points per game since the start of the year. Jacksonville should also have a ton of success rushing the football against Cincinnati, as the Bengals have been getting torched on the ground for pretty much six consecutive games.
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The Jaguars have also performed quite well against the spread when facing AFC North opponents as of late, going a very impressive 8-0-1 ATS over their last nine games. Jacksonville is also 2-1 ATS through their first three road games this season, while the Bengals are 0-2 against the spread over their first two games at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati is also just 1-7 ATS over their last eight home games and 0-8 outright in their last eight games overall. I’m more than happy to lay the single field goal and roll with the slight road underdog in this all-AFC matchup – give me Jacksonville to cover with ease!