The Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Cincinnati Bengals in a rare Monday Night Football game at 8:15 PM ET. This will be the first Monday night game for the Jaguars since 2011, making it a special occasion for the team. Despite their long absence from Monday Night Football, the Jaguars head into this game as 10-point home favorites at bet365. This comes as the Bengals have suffered three consecutive losses and are missing their quarterback, Joe Burrow, for the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.
The Bengals, who have a record of 5-6 SU, 4-6-1 ATS, and 5-6 O/U, are in a tough spot with their poor road record on Monday nights. They’ve only won 3 out of 23 games, making them the team with the worst Monday night road record in NFL history. But they received some good news this week, with receiver Tee Higgins and linebacker Logan Wilson returning to practice after missing time with injuries. However, it remains to be seen whether Jake Browning, who replaced Burrow, will be able to consistently connect with Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase. The Bengals have struggled to establish a running game this season and have given up more explosive plays than any other team in the NFL.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, come into the game with a record of 8-3 SU, 8-3 ATS, and 5-6 O/U, and are playing their best football of the season. They’ll be looking to stay alive in the race for the AFC’s No. 1 seed. However, they’ll be without their left tackle Cam Robinson, who is on injured reserve, and will have Walker Little and Ezra Cleveland fill in on the offensive line. Their defense, led by edge rushers Travon Walker and Josh Allen, has been playing exceptionally well, and they are expected to put significant pressure on Browning and the Bengals’ offensive line.
At kickoff, forecasters expect ideal weather conditions in Florida. The offenses of both teams have shown strong performances recently, and it’s expected that the game will see a high-scoring affair. With all this in mind, Jacksonville is favored to win, and they could potentially lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Bettors may want to consider placing their money on the Jaguars as they have many factors working in their favor.