Bengals Game Day Newsletter 5 Nov 5th Cincinnati_Digital - Page 63

That offensive line led the way for the Jaguars running game, even with Leonard Fournette unavailable. His absence meant T.J. Yeldon was active for the fi rst time in 2017, and the third- year back took advantage with 122 rushing yards on nine carries, including a 58-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Will those three have to play down the stretch? Who knows, but if something happens to the starting unit, there is comfort in knowing that the depth of the roster paid off and can be counted on when needed. THIS WEEK The Jaguars start a stretch of fi ve of the next seven games at EverBank Field with today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4). AP Images ankle injury and illness, respectively, and left tackle Cam Robinson went down on the second snap of the game with an ankle injury. That meant backup players coming in to play key roles in an important division road game. For the third straight week Tyler Shatley fi lled in at center in place of Linder. The third-year interior lineman saw four starts in 2016 – two at center and two at guard – and spot fi ll-in action throughout his NFL career, but the three-game starting stretch is the longest in his career. Linder is expected to return to the starting lineup once healthy. Also on the offensive line, Josh Wells fi lled in for Robinson at left tackle in Indianapolis. An undrafted player in 2014, Wells missed the entire 2015 season with a thumb injury that kept him on injured reserve deep into the 2016 season. When healthy, Wells has been an important special teams player and swing tackle who can play both sides in a pinch. Robinson battled injuries throughout his collegiate career, but never missed a start with Alabama in three seasons. After dropping three straight games to start the season, the Bengals have won three of their last four to stay within reach in the AFC North division race. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns in last week’s 24-23 win over the Colts, including one to veteran receiver A.J. Green for his fourth touchdown reception of the season. The Bengals have struggled to fi nd a consistent running game, leaning on rookie back Joe Mixon who has run for 253 yards on 85 carries and has the lone rushing touchdown of the season for the Bengals. On defense, the Bengals rank sixth overall in the NFL, including third in the league against the pass. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads the Bengals with four sacks, six tackles for loss and eight quarterback hurries, but a host of rookies and fi rst-year starters have helped the Bengals defense so far. Keep an eye on the Bengals’ leading tacklers – outside l