JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Cincinnati Bengals set up two short touchdown runs in the second quarter with big plays on a fake punt and Andy Dalton's pass to A.G. Green, then capitalized on the blundering of Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert to rout the Jaguars 27-10 on Sunday in front of 63,030 at Everbank Field. The Bengals (3-1) won their third game in a row after being routed 44-13 in the season-opening game against Baltimore and moved into a tie for first in the AFC North with the Ravens. Jacksonville (1-3) lost its second one-sided game at home in a row on the day that former running back Fred Taylor was enshrined into the team's "Pride of the Jaguars" with Tony Boselli and former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver. Cincinnati trailed the Jaguars 7-3 entering the second quarter after Gabbert threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis on the third play of the quarter. Two possessions later, the Bengals lined up to punt on fourth-and-1 from their own 34-yard line but snapped the ball to upback Cedric Peerman. He dashed 48 yards down the right side to the Jaguars' 18. Four plays later, Dalton flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to fullback Chris Pressley to give Cincinnati a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Jaguars helped the Bengals when safety Dwight Lowery committed pass interference on an incomplete pass by Dalton on third-and-5. When Cincinnati got the ball back, Dalton led them downfield on a six-play, 60-yard drive that used only 2:02 on the clock. He connected with Green for a 42-yard pass to the Jacksonville 1 and Dalton bulled over from the 1 two plays later for a 17-7 halftime lead. The Jaguars cut into the lead in the third quarter on Josh Scobee's 21-yard field goal, but Cincinnati put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter when Dalton found A.G. Green with an 18-yard TD pass and Mike Nugent kicked a 35-yard field goal. The field goal was set up when strong safety Chris Crocker intercepted a deep pass from Gabbert, intended for first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon. Crocker, who was signed this past week, was pushed out of bounds at the Jaguars' 16 and Nugent kicked the final points of the day. Gabbert was given a nationally televised chewing out after the play by Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey. Dalton outshined Gabbert in a battle of second-year quarterbacks. Dalton completed 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Gabbert, unable to get the time to throw deep, was 23 of 34 for 186 yards and was sacked six times. Dalton's interception didn't hurt the team. Picked off by Jaguars linebacker Kyle Bosworth, the Bengals got the ball right back when Bosworth fumbled and tackle Andre Smith recovered. Notes: The Jaguars honored Taylor by enshrining him in the team's version of a ring of honor. Taylor holds the franchise record for career rushing (11,271 yards), 100-yard games (47) and rushing in a game (234 yards against Pittsburgh in 2000). Taylor is 15th on the NFL career rushing list. ... After losing seven road games in a row to the Jaguars between 1998-2005, the Bengals have won the last two meetings at Everbank Field. The Bengals won 30-20 last season. ... Cincinnati is the third-most frequent opponent for the Jaguars in franchise history. The Jags have played the Bengals 19 times (holding an 11-8 record), behind the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans (34) and Pittsburgh (21). ... The Cincinnati run defense, ranked 31st in the NFL, held Maurice Jones-Drew to 38 yards and the Jaguars to 69.
- Andy Dalton