The Bengals’ defense ranks among the NFL’s top 10 in seven categories. Fifth in total defense (295.0), second in fewest yards allowed per play (4.5), fourth in pass defense (183.1), third in yards per pass play (5.2), sixth in sacks per pass play (22 sacks in 248 pass plays), ninth in first downs allowed per game (18.0) and ninth in scoring defense (19.3 points).
Bengals vs Jaguars
* Cincinnati leads the NFL in red-zone defense, allowing touchdowns on only 33.3 percent of the time when opponents are inside the 20-yard line. Over the past four games, the Bengals have allowed just four touchdowns in 15 opponent trips into the red zone.
* In Week 8, the Bengals beat Indianapolis 24-23 despite losing two fumbles and having a field goal attempt blocked. Trailing 23-17 with 6:58 remaining, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 16 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. Dunlap, who played at Florida, also had three tackles and a sack and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
* The Jaguars lead the series 11-9. But the Bengals won the last four meetings, including games in Jacksonville in 2012 and 2011. The Bengals and Jaguars were rivals in the AFC Central Division from 1995-2001, playing twice each season. Sunday’s game will be their seventh meeting since the 2002 realignment that put Cincinnati in the AFC North and Jacksonville in the AFC South.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH:
–Bengals WR A.J. Green vs. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey. This will be a matchup of elite vs. elite. The Bengals’ passing game goes through Green, one of the league’s most talented receivers who can not only run past defenders but can win most jump-ball situations. He ranks fourth in the league in receiving yards (572) and has done it on a low number of receptions (38), which is only 17th. Green’s 15.1 yards per catch are second in the NFL among receivers with at least 30 catches. He’ll be tested by Ramsey, with A.J. Bouye also getting some time on Green. Ramsey has proven to be among the league’s best in shutting down opposing teams’ best receivers. Ramsey has a league-best 11 passes defensed.