The Jaguars and the Bengals face off this Sunday in Cincinnati. For the Big Cats from Duval, this is a must-win. Falling to 2-5 would all but eliminate the Jaguars from playoff contention. The Bengals, on the other hand, are 0-6, and going through the first year of a rebuild with a new coaching staff.
As is the case with nearly every game at this point in the season, injuries will play a significant role in this one.
The Bengals are down their top two cornerbacks, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Willie Jackson. But they'll be getting cornerback Darqueze Dennard back to help to help stop the bleeding in the secondary.
Defensive ends Carl Lawson and Carlos Dunlap are out. Without those two key cogs in their pass rush, the Bengals will likely struggle to put pressure on Gardner Minshew.
Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn is also out for the Bengals. He's been suspended one game after getting into an altercation with a coach earlier in the week. His backup, Andre Smith will also miss the game with an injury. Holding up against Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, and Josh Allen may be a struggle for the Bengals' offensive line.
The Jaguars are in a better situation on the injury front. Two players, WR Marqise Lee (ankle) and TE Geoff Swaim (concussion), have been ruled out. But Lee has failed to make an impact on the field in limited work this year and at tight end, Josh Oliver — the Jaguars' third-round pick — appears ready to make his debut.
Dede Westbrook is questionable with a shoulder injury that kept him out of practice late in the week. If Westbrook is unable to play, it'll mean more reps for Keelan Cole this week. CJ Board could also see the field.
Outside of that, the Jaguars will be playing with a full deck of cards.
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