In Week 4, the Jaguars (1-2) travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals (0-2-1) at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS nationally and WJAX-TV locally. The Jaguars lead the series against the Bengals, 13-9, and are 2-0 against Cincinnati since Head Coach Doug Marrone took over in 2017.
RECORD-SETTING ROOKIE: On Thursday, Oct. 1, RB James Robinson was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for his performance in September. Robinson earned the prestigious honor after starting all three games for the Jaguars and totaling team highs in rushing yards (210) and TDs (three). This season, the Illinois State product has posted 339 scrimmage yards, the most ever through the first three games of a season for an undrafted player. Robinson's 339 scrimmage yards and 210 rushing yards are both the most in team history through a player's first three games.
Despite going undrafted, Robinson has been a standout among all rookies this season. He leads all rookies in TDs and first downs (16) and is tied for first in rushes of at least 10 yards (six). He also ranks second in scrimmage yards, second in rushing yards, fifth in receiving yards (129, first among running backs) and sixth in receptions (10, second among running backs).
QUOTABLE: "I think if you watched him on tape against Miami, he was probably, arguably, the best player on the team out there on offense. He was excellent in the passing game. He was great in protection. Obviously running the football, he had two touchdowns and some nice hits … He's everything we thought he might be." – Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden
KINGS OF THE NORTH: With a victory against Cincinnati, Jacksonville would improve to 7-1 (including the postseason) against AFC North teams and 3-0 against the Bengals under Head Coach Doug Marrone. The Jaguars have posted a +95 point differential in their seven games against AFC North opponents since 2017 and are 1-0 against the Ravens (+37), 2-0 against the Bengals (+26), 2-1 against the Steelers (+20) and 1-0 against the Browns (+12).
The Jaguars and Bengals have an extensive history having both competed in the AFC Central from 1995-2001. The two teams have faced each other 22 times in the regular season, including in 2019 when Jacksonville defeated Cincinnati 27-17.
QUOTABLE: "Absolutely. It's one of those things [where] you kind of take a mental log of each game you play and it's good to be able to have those experiences to go back to, as well as [look at] what they've done more recently."– QB Gardner Minshew II on watching the 2019 tape against the Bengals
CINCINNATI CONNECTION: Sunday's game at Paul Brown Stadium marks a trip down memory lane for TE Tyler Eifert who played for the Bengals from 2013-19. Eifert was drafted by Cincinnati in 2013 (21st overall) and played in 59 games with the Bengals, totaling 185 receptions for 2,152 yards. He has totaled 11 TD receptions at Paul Brown Stadium since 2013, trailing only Bengals WR A.J. Green (22) in that span.
Eifert's best year with the Bengals came in 2015 when he caught a career-high 13 TDs en route to a Pro Bowl appearance with current Jaguars Offensive Coordinator and then-Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden. From 2011-13, Gruden served as the offensive coordinator for Cincinnati when the team had three consecutive postseason berths. In his three years as offensive coordinator, the Bengals' offense improved in points-per-game from 18th (2011) to 12th (2012) to sixth (2013).
QUOTABLE: "I'm excited to be going back there. It'll be nice. They're allowing fans in the stadium, so my family will be able to go. When I played there, they pretty much came to every home game, so that'll be good having them there. It'll be cool to go back there and play for the other side, but [I'm] looking forward to it … I think you always want to play well against your old team, but I don't want to be a distraction. I don't want it to be about me or anything like that. This team, we need to go in there and get a win and get this thing rolling in the right direction." – TE Tyler Eifert
CLASH OF THE TIGERS: With Bengals QB Joe Burrow under center this weekend, Sunday marks the first time the Jaguars will play against the No. 1 overall pick since 2017 (Browns DE Myles Garrett) and the first time they will have faced a No. 1 pick that was a quarterback since 2015 (Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston). Since becoming Jacksonville's defensive coordinator in 2016, Todd Wash has faced four rookie quarterbacks and held them to 178.0 passing yards per game, four total TDs and a 49.2 completion percentage. Wash's defense has sacked rookie quarterbacks 14 times and forced five fumbles.
DE K'Lavon Chaisson is quite familiar with Burrow as the two first-round selections were teammates at LSU and won the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship together. Chaisson has played in all three games for the Jaguars this season and totaled six tackles and 1.0 sack.
QUOTABLE:"I am excited to play against him. He's been talking trash through practice the last couple years and saying how he is going to sack me. He has so many pass rush moves, and he is going to be a really good player. He's fast, athletic, lean, strong. He's the total package." –Bengals QBJoe Burrow** on playing Chaisson
RACK 'EM UP JACK:LBMyles Jackhas jumped out to a terrific start through three games, totaling an NFL-leading 33 tackles, one pass defensed and 1.0 sack. According to Pro Football Focus, Jack has earned a 90.1 grade for his performance, the best grade of all NFL linebackers this season. He has had 11 tackles in each of the team's first three games and is one of just two players in the NFL to notch double-digit tackles in all three games this season.
This weekend, Jack returns to the Queen City where he posted five tackles, two passes defensed and one INT in a Week 7 victory in 2019.
QUOTABLE: *"I think Myles has been playing his best football really. Myles has had flashes before. I think the consistency of how he's playing is up. I think both he and Joe (Schobert) have done a nice job for us. That obviously helps us quite a bit. Again, I don't want to say that we've gotten to where we need to be. I think there's still a lot of improvement that we'll make in the run game as we push forward with the guys that we have. So I think both those guys have played well, and I think Myles is playing at a very high level right now." – HC Doug Marrone