The Cincinnati Bungles are back. The Jaguars think they might be, too.
Mark Brunell threw two touchdowns and Stacey Mack ran for two more Sunday to help the desperate Jaguars snap a five-game losing streak.
The Jaguars scored 21 in the third quarter to take a 28-13 lead and, unlike the past two weeks, figured out how to hold onto a double-digit lead.
"Finally," Jaguars linebacker Kevin Hardy said. "It's a foreign feeling."
No more foreign than the Bengals contending for a playoff spot. Cincinnati committed 107 yards worth of penalties and blew a chance to reach the season's halfway point with a winning record for the first time since 1990.
"It's a tough example of how competitive this league is," Bengals coach Dick LeBeau said. "We have to play four quarters. We didn't play four quarters. We played three, really."
The Bengals again proved they can't go far without a big contribution from Corey Dillon. He ran for 58 yards on 17 carries, and the Bengals fell to 1-4 this season when he fails to rush for 100. He refused interviews after the game.
Brunell threw a timing pass to the corner of the end zone for Jimmy Smith, who beat Artrell Hawkins for a 4-yard touchdown to give the Jaguars a 14-13 lead early in the third.
Mack scored his second touchdown on the next drive. It was set up by 52 yards of Cincinnati penalties: a questionable 38-yard pass-interference call on Hawkins and a 14-yard personal foul on Takeo Spikes for arguing.