Bengals Suffer 7th Straight Loss Against the Jaguars
For those of you hoping the Bengals would keep their '1st overall pick' status for next year's draft alive, you got your wish. The Cincinnati Bengals lost their 7th consecutive game of 2019 - dropping their record to 0-7 on the season.
Despite being dominated in total plays, offensive yards, and rushing yards, Cincinnati somehow remained in this game until midway through the 4th quarter.
It was a back-and-forth contest with several lead changes, but the Jaguars ultimately pulled away.
The biggest difference in the game came on the ground. While Leonard and the Jaguars managed to churn out 216 yards on the ground, the Bengals were able to get nothing going in the run game.
This is not a new story, as Cincinnati is dead last in the league in rushing yards per game and yards per attempt. Joe Mixon had his worst game of the season - carrying the ball 10 times for just 2 yards (0.2 yards per carry). Cincinnati managed just 33 rushing yards on the afternoon.
This was another shaky performance from the offensive line, but Andy Dalton really choked down the stretch. Though his team remained in the ball game until late in the second half, Dalton threw back-to-back interceptions in the fourth quarter - allowing Jacksonville to seal the deal.
Cincinnati is almost mathematically eliminated from playoff contention already this year. However, not everything is bad. If the season ended today, the Bengals would hold the number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the way Andy Dalton has played as of late, there's no question the Bengals will be looking to improve the quarterback position next year.
Zac Taylor's team plays in Los Angeles against the Rams next week. Things don't get easier for Cincinnati any time soon.