ProFootballDoc: Thursday Night Football — Bengals Trending Healthy Vs. Jaguars

The season record remains 10-5. We don’t count the solo games as we are often forced to make a selection. Sometimes theories don’t even get tested, like the health of the Dallas run defense since Philadelphia only ran the ball a total of 3 times on Monday Night Football, though they gained just under 10 yards a carry.


A quick look at the Field View yields no real advantages based on injuries. However a deeper dive has the home team Bengals favored based on their trend towards health. Early bettors agree. The line opened with the home team at -4.5 but has climbed to 7.5.

Cincinnati’s overall SIC scores are on the climb, especially on offense. Joe Burrow and his knee continue to get healthier, though Tee Higgins will not play. The three top corners for Jacksonville will be dealing with or coming off health issues.

Even laying 7.5, the Bengals seem to be the right side based on health trends and the overall direction of the team. Go to to see all player and team health issues before making any investments.

Sports Injury Center (SIC) Score is our proprietary numerical injury grading system that incorporates the health of every NFL team and individual players to give sports bettors, DFS players and fantasy owners an edge each week during the season. While it purposely doesn’t take into account coaching, schemes or matchups, SIC Scores give an accurate assessment of team/player overall health heading into a game.

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Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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