Hobbled Bengals show backbone
JACKSONVILLE — With four defensive backs out, the Bengals were supposed to be vulnerable.
The Jaguars tweaked their plan to try to take advantage of injuries to starting cornerbacks Nate Clements and Leon Hall and backups Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick.
It was a flawed plan.
Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Cincinnati's stingy defense spoiled it.
Dalton threw two touchdowns and ran for a score, Green made big plays all over the field and the Bengals beat the Jaguars for their third consecutive win.
Cincinnati's defense was just as good, finishing with six sacks for the second consecutive week and allowing its fewest yards in nearly two years.
"We played with a chip on our shoulder out there because we felt that we haven't been playing our best defense," Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko said. "Our best defense is ahead of us. The D-line put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.