If you decided to back the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) with BetMGM Sportsbook on the money line bet for that game with the latest BetMGM Thursday Night Offer, then you would at least have the consolation of being paid out, despite the Jaguars throwing away a 14-point lead at half time to end up losing a narrow one 24-21 to the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1).
It was yet another drama-packed game for prime-time viewers to enjoy as two of the teams that have traditionally struggled over the last few years, put on a fine display, with the two number 1 picks of the last two drafts, quarterbacks Joe Burrow (Bengals) and Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) in the thick of the action.
In what was a dramatic end to the game, it was the Bengals who nailed the go-ahead field goal as time expired to break Jaguars hearts and keep themselves top of the AFC North as the unexpected early season leaders of that tough division.
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Jaguars Pounce To Lead At The Half
Things didn’t start too well for the Bengals in the game. Despite forcing the Jags to punt on their first possession, the Bengals moved the ball 76 yards downfield on their first possession but Evan McPherson missed the 43-yard attempt to keep the game scoreless.
It would be a costly miss as on their next drive, the Jaguars drove down the field and James Robinson scored the first of his two touchdowns of the night on a six yard run.
In the second quarter, it was another rushing touchdown for the Jags that was the only score of the half. A fine 80 yard drive ending with rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence rushing into the end zone from seven yards to put the Jags 14-0 in front.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) October 1, 2021
With the Bengals completely out of sorts in the first half, the Jags forced them three-and-out on their next possession before the key play of the game.
The Jags drove 61 yards down to the Bengals one, including a 52-yard completion for Lawrence. However, despite having four attempts to get in the end zone from three yards or fewer, the Jags could not manage it, turning the ball over on downs.
It would prove to be a costly decision. Although those that had backed the Jags on the money line with BetMGM using their offer, were happily collecting their winnings at this point.
Bengals Roar Back In Second Half
It seemed pretty obvious that the Bengals could not play as poorly in the second half and so it proved. The home team were fast out of the blocks at the start of the second half, needing just four plays to move the ball downfield 69 yards, allowing Joe Burrow to hit Tight End C.J.Uzomah for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Bengals then forced a three-and-out for the Jags on their next possession and then there followed a 12-play 86 yard drive, which allowed running back Jeremy Mixon to tie the game up with a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
However, the Jags swiped back on their next play. Lawrence and Robinson combining well once again for the latter to rush in for a four-yard touchdown on a reversed call after he was initially ruled to have been brought down a yard short of the end zone.
Drama In The Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter saw three possessions only but two of them were scoring ones for the Bengals which eventually gave them the win.
First they tied the game at 21-21 when C.J.Uzomah hauled in a 31-yard pass from Joe Burrow to tie the game up.
The Jags couldn’t respond and so punted on their next possession, but with over 5 and a half minutes on the clock, they may have expected to have one more possession in the game.
However, the Bengals showed excellent clock management and efficiency as led by Burrows, they drove the ball 83 yards downfield to set up Evan McPherson to be given a chance to make amends from 35 yards as time expired.
This time the kicker caught it beautifully and the ball swept through the uprights to hand the Bengals a crucial win.
THE @BENGALS WIN.
— NFL (@NFL) October 1, 2021
Jaguars Woes Continue With Chark Injury
After the defeat, the Jaguars woes continued when it was announced that D.J.Chark would be out for a while with a nasty ankle injury sustained in the game.
However, despite the defeat, Trevor Lawrence put in by far his best performance as a Jaguar, while Joe Burrow was poised in leading the Bengals to victory despite a 14-point deficit.
There is no doubt that the one-yard stop of the Jags just before half time, to avoid a 21-0 deficit at the break, was the point where the momentum of this tight game shifted.
Next week the Jaguars host AFC South rivals the Tennessee Titans trying to break their streak of 19 successive losses. Their last win came on Week one of the 2020 regular season against the Colts.
The Bengals face a real test of their AFC North title credentials next week as they host the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium.