The leaders of the AFC North take on the losers of the AFC South on “Thursday Night Football” this week with the Bengals (2-1) as 7.5-point favorites over the Jaguars (0-3).
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will compete against his former coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer, who now leads the Jaguars. This will also be the first matchup in the NFL between the 2020 first round pick (Burrow) and the 2021 first round pick (Trevor Lawrence).
The Jaguars defense will be challenged stopping Bengals running back Joe Mixon. He ranks second in the NFL in rushing yards (286) and sixth in scrimmage yards (315). In their Week 3 matchup against the Steelers, Mixon piled up 90 yards on 18 carries. The Jaguars have allowed five touchdowns to their opposing running backs this season, the second most in the league.
In his first three games in the NFL, Lawrence has only thrown five touchdowns with seven interceptions. It’s been a struggle for the rookie quarterback so far this year with turnovers.
Bengals vs. Jaguars score
Bengals vs. Jaguars live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
End of second quarter: Jaguars 14, Bengals 0
9:38 p.m. — Lawrence attempts to rush the ball in for a touchdown, but is short on fourth down and goal. The Bengals get the ball back with 53 seconds left.
9:36 p.m. — Shenault is down within a yard of the endzone, but the Jaguars move to fourth down. This results in another Jaguars timeout.
9:35 p.m. — The Jaguars take their second timeout before their third and goal attempt.
9:30 p.m. — Shenault catches Lawrence’s longest completion of his career, as the Jaguars advance 50 yards to end on the Bengals 12-yard line. It’s a hot start for the 0-3 team.
9:28 p.m. — The Bengals go three and out again after not gaining more than eight yards on the drive.
Jaguars 14, Bengals 0
9:22 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, JAGUARS. Lawrence rushes in for his first touchdown of his NFL career. The kick is good, as the Jaguars go up 14.
9:20 p.m. — Lawrence rushes for another first down on a third down. He has 19 rush yards so far.
9:18 p.m. — Robinson rushes 20 yards for another Jaguars first down. He has 64 yards so far this game.
9:17 p.m. — Lawrence rushes in a first down for a five yard gain on third down. They end up on their 45-yard line.
9:12 p.m. — Dan Arnold completes a first down to end on the Jaguars 32-yard line.
9:12 p.m. — Chark Jr. is officially out for the rest of the game after an ankle injury.
#Jaguars WR DJ Chark suffered a fractured ankle, source said. Out indefinitely. Just a brutal injury for one of Jacksonville’s best players.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 1, 2021
9:09 p.m. — The Bengals lose the ball again and lose the ball with no scoring luck.
9:07 p.m. — The Jaguars Adam Gotsis sacks Burrow for the Jaguars’ sixth sack of the season. There’s a loss of six yards.
9:06 p.m. — Boyd completes a 21-yard first down.
End of first quarter: Jaguars 7, Bengals 0
8:56 p.m. — A quick failed drive for the Bengals after they don’t get a first down.
Jaguars 7, Bengals 0
8:50 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, JAGUARS. Robinson rushes for the first touchdown of the game. After the kick is good, Jaguars take the lead at 7-0 with 1:28 left.
8:49 p.m. — Another first down after James Robinson rushes to the 23-yard line.
8:48 p.m. — On second down, Lawrence runs the ball to get a first down and ends on the Bengals 35-yard line.
8:47 p.m. — The Jaguars open their drive with two back-to-back first downs with a total gain of 19 yards.
8:43 p.m. — The Bengals field goal atempt is no good. No scoring on the first drives from both teams.
Evan McPherson is human. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen him miss a field goal, including training camp.
After the miss from 43 yards, the Bengals turn the ball over.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) October 1, 2021
8:41 p.m. — Chase is flagged for pass interference on a possible first down play.
8:39 p.m. — Auden Tate catches the ball for an 18 yard gain to get to the Jacksonville 27.
8:38 p.m. — Another first down for the Bengals after Joe Burrow throws to Ja’Marr Chase to make it to Jaguars territory.
8:36 p.m. — Tyler Boyd gets a Bengals first down as he runs to their 42-yard line.
8:32 p.m. — Jaguars aren’t successful in their first drive, so the Bengals get the ball.
8:29 p.m. — Jaguars take their first timeout after they get their second first down of this drive.
8:25 p.m. — Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. remains on the ground after second down. Any injuries are unknown, but he is carted off the field.
8:24 p.m. — Trevor Lawrence throws to Laviska Shenault Jr. for a rushing first down to open the game.
8:23 p.m. — The Jaguars receive the ball first as the game commences.
How to watch Bengals vs. Jaguars
- Time: Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8:20 p.m. ET
- TV channels: NFL Network
- Live streams: NFL Network, fuboTV
Bengals vs. Jaguars is scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday night. The game will be broadcast exclusively on NFL Network with Fox Sports announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call and Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the sidelines.
You can also stream “Thursday Night Football” live online with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.
‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|5||Oct. 7||Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|6||Oct. 14||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||NFL Network|
|7||Oct. 21||Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|8||Oct. 28||Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|9||Nov. 4||Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|10||Nov. 11||Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|11||Nov. 18||Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|12||Nov. 25||New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|13||Dec. 2||New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|14||Dec. 9||Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|15||Dec. 16||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 23||Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts||NFL Network|