Bengals seek momentum against winless Meyer Jaguars

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars are desperate for a win. The Cincinnati Bengals are learning to be a winning team.

The Jaguars are 0-3 under NFL freshman Urban Meyer, who hasn’t lost much in 17 years as a college head coach.

The Bengals are 2-1 for the first time since 2018. Quarterback Joe Burrow is in good health and is rediscovering the chemistry he had with wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase when they were teammates. of the 2019 LSU National Championship.

The Bengals are confident after a 24-10 victory over divisional rival Pittsburgh last Sunday.

“You continue to build the culture and build the winning culture,” Burrow said. “And we’re starting to figure out how to win. In attack, we have to improve ourselves to put the dagger to them when we have them on the ropes. We can finish better.

Meyer, who coached Ohio State for seven seasons and won a national championship in 2014, returns to Ohio for the first time as an NFL coach when the Jaguars visit Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati for a clash. Thursday evening.

Meyer said the Jaguars are getting closer to a full game. They led late in the third quarter on Sunday before losing 31-19 to Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury (left) and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer greet each other in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack)

“First game, nothing,” said Meyer. “In the second game, we got through a half that we were playing pretty well. Third game, we’re getting there. I am looking for constant improvement. I’m looking for loyalty and faith in the locker room, which I have. It never wavered. I’m not taking anything away from the Cardinals, we played pretty well and (if) we don’t make any mistakes we could have won this game.

Cornerback Shaquill Griffin agreed. The Jags must learn to finish.

“You know, we’ve done so many special things there that we can build on the rest of this season, and we needed it – we really needed it,” Griffin said. “We all know there are things we still need to work on. That’s why we have this long season. We will go back to the drawing board and we have a quick turnaround, so we will do whatever is necessary. “

Jacksonville tries to avoid losing its 19th consecutive game.

Young weapons

This game will mark the second time in NFL history that a rookie quarterback chosen No.1 overall (Trevor Lawrence) faces a quarterback who was chosen No.1 overall the previous year. (Burrow). The only other case came in 2019, when Arizona rookie Kyler Murray beat Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.

Ignore the drops

Rookie wide receiver Chase, the Bengals’ top draft pick, has earned a deserved reputation for dropping assists in the preseason. He put this problem behind him. He caught two touchdown passes last week, including a spectacular fingertip grab in the end zone. In fact, he’s the only player in the Super Bowl era with a touchdown of at least 30 yards in each of his first three games. He has 11 catches, including four for scores.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (1) scores a touchdown in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo / Don Wright)

Online optimism

One of the unsung heroes of the Bengals’ win over the Steelers could have been Jackson Carman, the Clemson rookie who started in place of veteran goalie Xavier Su’a-Filo. Carman, who protected Lawrence’s blind side for two years at Clemson, didn’t allow a sack or a hit on Burrow. Granted, some of Pittsburgh’s top passers were injured, but the Bengals’ line looked much improved.

Secondary mixing

The Jaguars retool their high school less than a month into the season. They traded cornerback CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 draft, to Carolina on Monday for tight end Dan Arnold. The deal also included an exchange of draft picks. Once Henderson leaves, rookie Tyson Campbell will start against veteran Griffin. And nickel cornerback Tre Herndon, who missed the first three games with a sprained knee ligaments, will make his 2021 debut against the Bengals.

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