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The Bengals are the bad team that other bad teams want to play.
Though the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t a great squad, the Jags have been fun to watch and competitive. The Cincinnati Bengals have been neither fun nor competitive, as they have opened the season 0-6. After two tough losses in a row, Jacksonville will look to turn things around against a truly terrible Cincinnati team.
The story of Jacksonville’s season has been quarterback Gardner Minshew. The former backup QB has impressed Jags fans in relief this season, but that doesn’t mean he has been a star on the stat sheet. He’s averaged a pedestrian 240 yards per game passing, and is coming off of a season-low 163 passing yards against the Saints last week. He has had flashes of brilliance, but only flashes.
The defense has also had its ups and downs. Jacksonville held Alvin Kamara to 31 yards on the ground last week and only allowed the Saints 13 points. However, just one week before, Christian McCaffrey helped the Panthers tear it up.
Though the Jaguars have 19 sacks so far this year, they have struggled to force turnovers. This D does some things well, but doesn’t dominate.
While the Jaguars have bright spots here and there, the Bengals have had nothing to be proud of in 2019. Cincy’s offense has been awful. Most NFL fans can’t name a Bengals receiver—other than A.J. Green, who has been out with injury all year—and for good reason. The running game has struggled as Joe Mixon has yet to develop into anything resembling a number one back.
The Bengals cannot stop the run, allowing a historic 152 yards rushing to Raven QB Lamar Jackson last week. They also can’t stop the pass. They’ve only had more than one sack in one game this year, as opposing quarterbacks look like all-stars against this bad defense.
Andy Dalton’s Bengals have long been mediocre, and even awful, but this may be their worst squad in memory. Gardner Minshew isn’t a world-beater, but he, like everyone else, should be able to beat the Bengals.
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm ET
- Where: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Jaguars vs. Bengals on streaming platforms that carry CBS. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Jaguars vs. Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings with ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream the Jaguars vs. Bengals, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials to watch NFL action.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
DJ Chark, Wide Receiver: Chark seemed to be breaking out before he got lost among the Saints defense last week. Chalk that up to the great Saints unit. Send him out as a flex this week against a bad Bengals team. There should be enough yards here that Chark and Leonard Fournette can both have great games.
No One: You might be tempted to start Auden Tate after his 91-yard day last week. But then, you might have been tempted to start Tyler Boyd after his 123-yard day the week before. With John Ross on IR, no one has emerged as a fantasy starter on this team, and Green’s at least another week out from making his season debut. Stay away if you can.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Why it matters
You want to believe in this Jaguars team. You want to believe in Gardner Minshew. But it is getting harder and harder to see a path to a wildcard for this scrappy squad.
That being said, this game does matter to the Jaguars. Jacksonville was last in the AFC South last season, and even with Nick Foles injured, you could see Doug Marrone and company on the hot seat if this team falls apart.
Minshew is playing to set the tone for the rest of his career. Does he become a journeyman next year or does some team take a chance on him as a starter? Every start could impact his value in 2020.
The game matters for the Bengals insofar as how many people get fired at the end of this awful season and how quickly the Andy Dalton era finally comes to an end.
This game could get ugly, but it could also be the centerpiece of Minshew’s highlight reel. Even if you won’t be watching, you can rest assured Minshew’s agent will be.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.