• The 2-1 Cincinnati Bengals get closer to taking over the AFC North with a win here
  • Jacksonville sits at 0-3 and will need everything in the arsenal to get a win
  • The Bengals return home after a two-game road stretch

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping to finally get a win under their belt after starting the season 0-3. Now, most of the shortcomings have to do with a lack of experience. They have a rookie quarterback and a first-year head coach. These combinations are usually a recipe for disaster early on in the year.

The Cincinnati Bengals have started the season off much better than anyone had imagined they would. The 2-1 beginning came with victories over the Minnesota Vikings and the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Joe Burrow and the Bengals will get a great opportunity to grab the division with a win on Thursday night.

Jaguars vs Bengals Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NFL
  • Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals
  • Where: Cincinnati, OH at Paul Brown Stadium
  • Date: September 30th, 2021
  • Betting Odds: Bengals -7.5, -350 ML and 45.5 is the total (at PointsBet)

Jaguars Preview: Desperate for a win, the Jaguars prepare to face the Bengals

Unfortunately for Jacksonville, the season hasn’t started well. Trevor Lawerence has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and the defense is getting picked apart. The odds don’t look good for them here either, as the Bengals are red hot right now.

The Jaguars are hoping to turn the tide in their favor, but can’t do so without help. Head Coach Urban Meyer needs to find a way to help Trevor Lawerence succeed. Which could mean putting C.J Beathard in and allowing Lawerence to watch from the sidelines.

Bengals Preview: The Cincinnati Bengals are getting hot at the right time

With the Jaguars on their schedule, the Bengals are rolling into a great opportunity. They’ve just finished taking down their rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and have a chance to start the year 3-1. They can’t let hubris get in the way though, they’ll still need to be on their A-game here.

A big focus in this game will be the defense of the Jaguars versus Joe Mixon. Jacksonville hasn’t done well to stop the run so far and likely won’t be able to on Thursday. This will open up the Bengals downfield passing game.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This NFL Game

Looking at the odds will show you the Bengals only need to win this game by just over a touchdown. Considering the Bengals were able to take down the Steelers 24-10, this spread shouldn’t be a problem.

Cincinnati has gone 4-2 against the spread in their last six games, making them a trustworthy team at the sportsbook. Look for them to win the game on Thursday night and cover the spread with ease.

Jaguars vs Bengals Pick

  • KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Bengals -7.5 (at PointsBet)

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