Jacksonville Sports Day

NFL: Jacksonville Can’t Tame Bengals in 33-25 Loss

Jacksonville fell to 1-3 after a 33-25 loss to Cincinnati and will travel to Houston (0-4) to play the Texans Sunday.

It was the second consecutive loss to a winless team following a 31-13 loss to Miami at home on Thursday Night Football.

“There are flashes, but flashes aren’t good enough to win games,” Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said in his Monday press conference. “Consistency is something that we have to work on. We continue to keep pushing to put ourselves in a good situation with the players. That’s on us as coaches – to get those players to where we can make those plays.”

There will be a new head coach opposing Marrone Sunday. The Texans relieved Bill O’Brien of his duties as head coach and general manager Monday, following the club’s winless start to the season.

Romeo Crennel will serve as Houston interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020 season. Following back-to-back AFC South titles, the Texans struggled in losses to Kansas City, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the Minnesota Vikings

Last Sunday Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow celebrated his first NFL victory when he led scoring drives on all five possessions of the second half on his way to 300 yards and running back Joe Mixon added 151 more in the win over the Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium.

Jacksonville led 13-10 at halftime Sunday. The Bengals outgained the Jaguars, 505-429.

Jaguars’ running back James Robinson did run for 107 yards 75 rushing and 32 receiving. The undrafted rookie has totaled at least 100 scrimmage yards the third consecutive game.

A week after winning NFL Offensive Rookie for September, Robinson could be on his way to another award. Robinson was nominated for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award following his latest performance.

Wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. scored two TDs in his first game back from injury, increasing his career total to 11. Chark finished with eight receptions for 95 yards.

Second-year QB Gardner Minshew II completed 27 of 40 passes for 351 yards and one interception. He added two carries for nine yards.

“I believe the ceiling is extremely high for this offense. We ran the ball well today. Threw it well at times,” said Minshew following the road loss. “We’ve just got to stay away from drive killers, away from turnovers, and I believe we can be really good. We just must bring more consistency is the big thing.”’

Kicker Aldrick Rosas was added to the Jacksonville roster from the practice squad. He missed a 48-yard attempt in the first quarter but converted on four others, including a 50-yarder in the second half.

Defensively Myles Jack produced an interception in Cincinnati. Jack’s pick in the end zone prevented a Bengals score and marked the third interception of his career. Prior to leaving the game with an ankle injury, Jack recorded four tackles.

In roster moves, the Jaguars signed fourth-year safety Doug Middleton to the practice squad after he was released from the team’s active roster on Monday. Middleton has played in 15 career games and totaled 28 tackles and four passes defensed.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at NRG Stadium.

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