This is an open thread for game chat.
Let’s see how the BTB staff picked the game.
Here are their thoughts on why they made their pick.
Dave Halprin: The Jaguars seem to have gotten their season going while the Bengals are headed in the other direction without Joe Burrow. Give me the Jaguars at home by a comfortable margin.
RJ Ochoa: It is such a bummer watching the Bengals and wondering what the AFC playoff picture could look like with a healthy Joe Burrow playing for them. While the Jaguars are a fun team in their own right, this game does not have as much appeal as we would have hoped when we first saw it on the primetime schedule. I’ll take Jacksonville in a comfortable win, 24-10.
Matt Holleran: This one is very simple. The Jags are clearly the superior team and they now control their own destiny for the AFC’s No. 1 seed. They cannot afford to drop this game and they will not. Give me the Jaguars, 27-17.
Tom Ryle: I’m not going to overthink this one. The Jaguars have a better team, a better head coach, are playing at home, and have been playing well. The Bengals may be playing for their playoff life, but I don’t see them having enough to win this one. I think Jacksonville wins by a couple of scores.
David Howman: I’m going to have a hard time picking the Bengals in any game they play without Joe Burrow, and especially against a team as good as the Jaguars. Cincinnati’s defense can make this close, but I still see the Jaguars winning 24-17.
Brian Martin: Without Joe Burrow the Bengals are already at a disadvantage in this MNF matchup. Then throw in the fact that Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars are playing really well right now, Cincinnati doesn’t seem to have much of a chance this week. With that in mind, I’ll take the Jaguars by at least two scores.
OCC: Sometimes I regret living in a time zone where the late NFL games start at 2:30 am. Not today. The Jaguars should beat up the Borrow-less Bengals. Or they might not. I’ll be fast asleep either way. Jaguars for the win.