Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 4 Pick – NFL October 4

The NFL is set up with another busy week of action as Sunday kicks off with Thirteen games throughout. One of these matchups will be between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars. These two teams have struggled a bit throughout the beginning of this season, but will both look for a big win on Sunday afternoon. This game will kick off at around 1:00 PM Eastern time.

Jacksonville has started off this season with a record of 1-2, which has them in third place of the AFC South. The Jaguars finished out last season with a record of 6-10, which had them in last place of their division. Jacksonville has lost back to back games and will look to get back in the win column after having a longer week of preparation.

The Bengals have gone 0-2-1 to open up the new season, which has them in last place of the AFC North. Cincinnati went 2-14 throughout last season, which had them in last place of the entire NFL. The Bengals have not found a way to turn their fortunes around this season, but could look to get in the win column against a struggling Jaguars team in Week 4.

These two teams are not off to strong starts by any means this season, but both have a good chance to earn a win in this Week 4 matchup. The Jaguars are on the road in this matchup, but played on Thursday Night Football in Week 3, which has given them extra time to prepare. Jacksonville will look to take over this game early in hopes of winning on the road to get back to .500.

Previous Matchups

These two teams met up last season in Week 7 in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton threw a touchdown and ran for a touchdown. Gardner Minshew threw for a touchdown, while Yannick Ngakoue took an interception to the house. Josh Lambo went a perfect 4-4 on his field goal kicks as the Jaguars were able to earn a 27-17 win on the road.

The Jaguars are coming off a matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. James Robinson ran for two touchdowns, but it was not enough for Jacksonville. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two touchdowns, while running for another touchdown. Jordan Howard scored another touchdown and the Dolphins dominated for a 31-13 win in primetime.

Cincinnati visited the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 on the road. Joe Burrow threw for two touchdowns, both to Tee Higgins. Carson Wentz threw a touchdown pass to Greg Ward, then tied it later with a rushing touchdown of his own. Randy Bullock and Jake Elliot both went 3-3 on field goals as the Eagles and the Bengals tied 23-23.

These two teams are coming off poor performances in Week 3. Jacksonville took a tough loss to the Dolphins on Thursday night, while the Bengals failed to knock off the Eagles in regulation and in overtime. Now both teams have chance to earn a win in Week 4 as they play against another struggling opponent. Look for these two teams to get the team going early in this matchup.

Quarterback Comparison

Jacksonville has Gardner Minshew II as their starting Quarterback for this one. Minshew went 6-6 in his starts last season. He threw for 3271 yards, 21 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. This season, Minshew has thrown for 787 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions to help Jacksonville earn their 1-2 start to the season.

The Bengals picked up Joe Burrow with the first overall selection in this season’s draft. Joe Burrow put up a legendary season in college football last season, throwing for 5671 yards and accounting for 65 touchdowns. This season he has thrown for 821 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Cincinnati will look for him to put up a similar magical performance as he develops for them.

These two teams have young, but promising Quarterbacks. Both of these QB’s have shown that they are good at ball protection and avoiding turnovers. Both Burrow and Minshew will look to lead their team on Sunday as they try and earn a big win. This season is still young, which means either team could find a streak to get back into playoff contention.

Struggling Offenses

The Jaguars offense has struggled throughout this season so far. Jacksonville has earned 1039 yards this season, which is 21st in the NFL. The Jaguars have also scored a total of 70 points this season, while allowing opponents to score 84 points. Jacksonville will look to find some more rhythm against this defense.

Cincinnati’s offense has not been any better throughout the first three weeks. The Bengals have totaled for 952 yards, which is 27th in the entire NFL. Cincinnati has been able to score 66 points, while allowing 74 points to opposing teams. The Bengals have a chance to get the offense going after putting up a promising start in Week 3 against the Eagles.

These two offenses have struggled throughout this season, but neither defense has been much better either. The Bengals have allowed less points to their opponents, while Jacksonville has allowed less yards. These two teams will look to find some rhythm early to try and put up a much better offensive performance.

Pick Overview

The Jaguars are coming off an extended week of preparation after playing on Thursday night, which I think will be enough to be ready for the Bengals. Cincinnati finished in extra time last week, which showed the flaws in their offense. I like Jacksonville’s chances to bounce back after a tough loss against the Dolphins in Week 3.

BetOnline has the Bengals listed as a -140 against the money line in this one. This implies that Cincinnati will win this game around 58.3 percent of the time, which I think is wrong. The Jaguars looked good in Week’s 1 and 2 of the season, which gives me some hope for them coming into this one. With D.J. Chark returning to the offense as well, I believe Jacksonville can win this one on the road.

The Bet
Jacksonville Jaguars
+120
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.