Jaguars vs. Bengals Highlights, Final Score: Both Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence shine

The Jaguars vs. Bengals game brought us the battle of the last two No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft with Trevor Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow.

In years past, a matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals would have been the very anthesis of “must-watch TV.” However, Thursday night’s Jaguars vs. Bengals battle included two former No. 1 overall picks in Trevor Lawrence and Joe Burrow. In the end, it was the second-year quarterback who came out on top.

Observations from the Jaguars vs. Bengals game

Here is the final score and highlights from the Jaguars vs. Bengals matchup on Thursday Night Football in Week4.

Jaguars vs. Bengals score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Jaguars 7 7 0 7 21
Bengals 0 0 14 10 24

 

Joe Burrow is a rising star

If this is what Joe Burrow looks like nine months after reconstructive knee surgery, his upside is massive.

Burrow — who still wears a brace on his left knee and doesn’t yet have all of his range of motion back — was healthy enough to give the country a show in the second half of Thursday night’s 24-21 win over the Jaguars.

He rallied the Bengals from 14-0 down at the break with 2 second-half touchdown passes.

Tyler Boyd went for 118 yards on 9 catches, while Ja’Marr Chase added to his Offensive Rookie of the Year résumé with another 77 yards on 6 receptions.

Roughly a quarter of the way through the season, Burrow has the Bengals atop the AFC North. Just wait until he’s 100% healthy.

Trevor Lawrence is still searching for his first win

Trevor Lawrence won’t win many games this year. But once Trent Baalke surrounds him with an NFL-caliber roster … look out, NFL.

You saw the incredible ability that made him the undisputed No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft all night Thursday. His deep accuracy was ridiculous — particularly on a sideline throw to Jamal Agnew that went for 27 yards in the third quarter. His 52-yard bomb to Laviska Shenault Jr. in the first half was perfect. Additionally, Lawrence was too big, too elusive on scrambles for Cincinnati.

Lawrence finished his nationally televised debut completing 17-of-24 passes for 204 yards, adding a touchdown on the ground. Nevertheless, he’ll have to wait for his first NFL win. But if Lawrence keeps playing like he did Thursday, he won’t have to wait much longer.

DJ Chark may be lost for the season

DJ Chark is out indefinitely, presumably for the season, after significantly injuring his left ankle on the Jaguars’ first possession. NFL Network reported a short time later that Chark suffered an ankle fracture, robbing the Jaguars of one of their few impressive offensive weapons.

“Horrible news for #DJChark,” David Chao, the Chargers’ former team doctor, wrote on Twitter. “The worst kind of high ankle injury. The kind that includes fracture. Fibula broken and syndesmotic ligament tear. Surgery and season done with no chance to return until 2022 season.”

If true, it’s another blow to a Jaguars offense that lost Travis Etienne for his entire rookie season with a foot injury and played without Carlos Hyde Thursday. Chark entered the game accounting for 16.2% of Jacksonville’s offense. The worst part of the news? Chark is in a contract year and will presumably enter free agency coming off a major injury.

With Chark out, Tavon Austin got the call, essentially replacing his injured teammate. Austin was only available because the Jaguars activated him from injured reserve earlier in the day.

The Jaguars’ offense took another hit in the second quarter when offensive lineman A.J. Cann went down with a knee injury.

Jaguars expose Bengals’ run defense

The Bengals got back in the game when they remembered they were good at run defense. That revelation occurred on Jacksonville’s final play of the first half when it looked like the Jaguars were about to go up 3 touchdowns. But Logan Wilson stood Lawrence up at the 1 on 4th-and-goal, allowing Cincinnati to escape to the locker room down just 14-0.

Yet, that was basically the only stop they made all half. James Robinson was running free, and Lawrence had the zone-read game going. The Jaguars went for 115 yards through two quarters and controlled the game. What made the performance so baffling was that the Bengals’ run defense was fantastic the first three weeks. They entered the game allowing just 3.3 yards per carry and 78.3 yards per game.

But Robinson averaged 4.3 yards for a total of 78 and 2 touchdowns Thursday. It took an injury to Hyde to force Meyer to give Robinson the RB1 workload he deserves. Robinson had just 31 carries in the first three weeks despite averaging 4.5 yards per attempt.

C.J. Uzomah torched the Jaguars

Have yourself a night, C.J. Uzomah. The Bengals tight end has never had more than 3 touchdown catches in a season. He had 2 in the second half against the Jaguars, both catch-and-runs that showed off sneaky elusiveness. But his biggest play might have been his bubble screen under the two-minute warning when the Jaguars brought the house. That gave Uzomah a career-high 95 yards on 5 catches.

He’ll never be Burrow’s first, second, or third option. But opposing teams know that, which means he’ll never be the focus of any defense’s game plan, either.

Adam Beasley is the National NFL Analyst and Insider for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Adam’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @AdamHBeasley.

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