The team is starting to look brutal on a regular basis. Two bad losses to Oakland and Tennessee have gotten Greg Olson fired and created a lot of tension between the team and the fed-up fans. A win would do wonders to ease this tension, but that isn’t coming this week against Kansas City. Despite placing Jamaal Charles on IR this week and dealing with several other injuries, they are playing at a much higher level than the Jags are. Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL (despite being the butt of all kinds of jokes) and always fields teams that perform in the regular season.
Winning this game will start on defense. Alex Smith is out for Sunday’s game after being concussed last week. Jeremy Maclin and Spencer Ware, two key offensive players for KC, are also dealing with minor injuries and could be out for this one. The defense has a chance to force Nick Foles into bad TO’s and keep KC below 20 points if they actually act like they want to put in the effort. Our offense probably won’t score many points, but they need to avoid TO’s and 3-and-out’s to make life as hard for the shambled KC offense as possible.
All that being said, this requires legitimate execution, which we haven’t shown in any game this season. Sorry, Jags, but the losing streak continues this week in Arrowhead.
Prediction: JAX 13, KC 27
The Jaguars face the Chiefs this weekend and have all sorts of questions with promoting quarterback coach Nathaniel Hackett to offensive coordinator after firing Greg Olson last week. Offensively Hackett needs to start by getting Bortles in rhythm with short passes and not forcing anything early, that along with sticking with the running game. At this point the Jags almost have to try and force balance offensively and it's just a proven fact a running game will always help the quarterback. If Ivory and company can get it going this week it and help out Bortles it should keep them in position to at least have a chance. There are two players the Jaguars have to account for this week on offense, that being defensive end Dee Ford who comes in with 7 sacks and cornerback Marcus Peters who comes in with 5 interceptions. The Chiefs have a very good pass rush and the Jaguars have to hold up against Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and company to have any shot in this one. And Stay Away from Marcus Peters.
Defensively with Alex Smith not playing, the Jaguars must stop the run and force backup quarterback Nick Foles to beat them. With Jamal Charles going on IR and Spencer Ware not practicing while in the concussion protocol, they have a good chance to do so. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is also listed as questionable as well, so that will make things a little easier on the back end if he can't go. The Jags really need to keep an eye on just two players on top of containing the run and they are tight end Travis Kelce who leads the team in receptions (34) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill who leads the team in receiving touchdowns (4).
Bottom line, the offensive is struggling and until they show some consistency I really don't have a lot of faith, but if they can make Nick Foles and this offense one dimensional and keep the explosive plays to a minimum, they should if anything keep it close.
Prediction: JAX 19, KC 26
There is no previous evidence that would suggest the Jaguars can beat a 5-2 Chiefs team in Kansas City, one of the toughest places to play in the entire NFL. However the Chiefs will be without starting QB Alex Smith, starting RB Jamaal Charles, and could be without Spencer Ware and Jeremy Maclin. With all the injuries on the offensive side of the ball, it seems reasonable to think the Jaguars could keep the Chiefs offense in check.
On the other side of the ball the Chiefs have one of the most talented defenses in the NFL. Marcus Peters is the best young cornerback in the NFL and Dee Ford is having a breakout season as a pass rusher. The Jags will likely struggle to maintain drives against this Chiefs defense, but with a new offensive coordinator things could be a bit different. The Jaguars best hope is that with the new running philosophy of Nathaniel Hackett that the running game finds itself against a defense that is giving up 4.5 yards per carry on the year.
My head says Chiefs, but I haven't picked against the Jags so far this year, so why start now? The coaching change provides a spark and Blake finds himself, while the running game shows signs of life.
Prediction: JAX 30, KC 24
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