Jags knock Bengals off perfect perch

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005

JACKSONVILLE - Cincinnati might want to hold off making any Super Bowl plans.

Byron Leftwich threw two touchdowns, Fred Taylor ran for a season-high 132 yards and the Jaguars handed the Bengals their first loss of the season.

Cincinnati started 4-0 for the first time since 1988 - the franchise's last Super Bowl season - and entered as one of the league's last two undefeated teams.

"We need to win these," Bengals receiver Chad Johnson said. "I'm not satisfied with 4-1. The Bengals of old might have been okay keeping it close. We're not supposed to be close anymore."

Josh Scobee hit three field goals, including a 51-yarder in the second quarter and a 53-yarder with 9:45 to play that gave the Jaguars a 10-point lead.

Jacksonville's defense kept Carson Palmer from engineering a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback. Bobby McCray knocked the ball out of the quarterback's hand at the Jacksonville 45 with 1:28 to play. Akin Ayodele, who dropped a possible interception the play before, recovered it.