1:00 PM ET, December 15, 2002
CINCINNATI (AP) -- So, how would the NFL's worst team blow this one? More goal-line follies? A left-handed pass, perhaps? Maybe a fumble or interception?
When you think about Jacksonville, you think about Brunell, WR Jimmy Smith, RB Fred Taylor and coach Tom Coughlin. I doubt if all four will be back next season. Of the four, Smith is most likely to return, and given Taylor's good health this season, I expect him to be back. So it's probably between Brunell and Coughlin. I don't believe the Jags can turn their fortunes around if both are back next year.
Question on the Bengals: Any chance that LeBeau will be retained?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
In 13 career games against Cincinnati, Brunell has thrown 23 touchdown passes, his best total against any team. ... DT John Henderson was credited with half of a sack, leaving him one-half shy of the Jaguars' rookie record. Tony Brackens had seven sacks in 1996. ... Taylor had four catches, giving him a career-high 46 for the season. ... Mack's ninth TD tied his career high. ... Cincinnati's Corey Dillon had only 59 yards on 21 carries. In 10 games against Jacksonville, he has reached 100 yards only once.