Jaguars vs Bengals: The Bengals are coming off a two-touchdown win over the Steelers and enter Week 4 against the 0-3 Jaguars as 7-point favorites. Can Cincinnati’s strong defense help it move to 3-1 and cover the spread? Find out with our Thursday Night Football picks.
Week 4 kicks off with a Thursday Night Football showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
There will be plenty to watch in this contest, such as the last two No. 1 overall picks, quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Joe Borrow, going head-to-head, and whether Cincinnati’s defense can remain an early-season force.
The Bengals, 7-point favorites over winless Jacksonville, have one of the top-ranked defenses in the NFL and they are coming off a two-touchdown victory after holding the Pittsburgh Steelers to 10 points.
Find out if we like Cincinnati’s D to stay hot and cause issues for Lawrence in our free NFL picks and predictions for Jaguars vs. Bengals on September 30.
Jaguars vs Bengals odds
The opening line for this AFC clash was Bengals -7.5 and but there are a few -7s starting to pop up. The total for this matchup hit the board at 45.5 and has ticked up slightly to 46 as of the time of writing. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full NFL odds before placing your bets.
Jaguars vs Bengals picks
- Bengals -7 (-110)
- Under 46 (-110)
- Trevor Lawrence Over 1.5 Interceptions (+155)
Jaguars vs Bengals game info
• Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
• Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
• Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
• TV: NFL NETWORK
• Live Stream: FuboTV (free trial)
Jaguars vs Bengals predictions
Bengals -7 (-110)
Are the Cincinnati Bengals starting to resemble a good football team? The Bengals are off to a solid 2-1 start with two outright wins as underdogs, including last week’s 24-10 road upset of rival Pittsburgh as 2.5-point pups.
Quarterback Joe Burrow has looked solid, completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 640 yards and seven touchdowns, while the preseason worries about WR Ja’Marr Chase’s drops are long gone after four touchdowns in his first three NFL games.
That said, it’s the Bengals’ defense that has made the biggest strides this season: Cincinnati currently ranks fourth in Football Outsiders’ defensive DVOA metric — after ranking 27th in 2020.
But let’s get real. This bet is all about fading the Jaguars.
This team is as close to a dumpster fire as one can get after three games. Heading into Week 4, the Jags are 0-3 SU and ATS, rank 29th in offensive DVOA, 27th in defensive DVOA, and are scoring just 17.7 points per game.
Their head coach, Urban Meyer, doesn’t seem to have this team prepared on a week-to-week basis and there are already rumors swirling around him concerning the top job at USC.
It feels as if No. 1-overall pick Trevor Lawrence is being thrown to the wolves at this point. The Jags’ play-calling has been baffling at this point and the offensive line has struggled. (It certainly doesn’t help that two starting O-linemen are questionable for this one).
As a result, the rookie has been forcing some throws (on top of making some bad decisions) and Jacksonville has turned over the ball more than anyone else through this early portion of the NFL season.
This spread is a little larger than I would like, but there is no way I can put any faith in backing a Jaguars team that is lacking an identity and, quite frankly, is a mess. The Bengals defense has been much better and their weapons — Chase, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon — will allow them to pull away late.
How to watch NFL games without cable
You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.
The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS.
Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.
Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.
Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on HDTV Antenna
You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance.
Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.
This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Sling TV
If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.
There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.
Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games.
Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.
If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.
With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Hulu
In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.
Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV.
While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games.Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on FuboTV
At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.
In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on YouTube TV
With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month.
Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Paramount Plus
If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.
Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Peacock Premium
Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.
For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Amazon Prime Video
Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.
Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season.
NFL live streams for free
If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that’s broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. Yes, that includes Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app.
With one of our best TV antenna picks you can watch live. Or, you could make your own stream, with a service such as Channel Master or Tablo, connected to your antenna and a DVR box. This allows you to broadcast the stream — either live or recorded — to a set-top box, mobile device or computer just about anywhere in the world.
The cost varies depending on the HD antenna you get and the service you use, but the local channels themselves are free, and you wonꞌt have to jump through any NFL-sponsored hoops.