The weather forecast in Kansas City on Sunday calls for rain and lots of it. If things get sloppy on the field and rain is coming down during the game, it should give the Jaguars an advantage.
Nate Hackett and the Jaguars offense have shown that they’re more than comfortable turning to the run in the past, but in 2018 the Jaguars have deployed a much more pass happy attack.
That could change Sunday.
Rain and wet conditions make it difficult to be effective through the air, so the Jaguars could turn to TJ Yeldon and Corey Grant to lead the offense in Arrowhead. The Chiefs defense surrenders a league worst 5.7 yards per carry and is unsurprisingly the worst tackling team in football. This should make for a favorable matchup for the Jaguars offense against the Chiefs defense should the Jaguars turn to the run.
Choosing to run the ball would also eliminate the one thing the Chiefs do well on defense: rush the passer. The Chiefs two most talented players on the defensive side of the ball (not including the injured Eric Berry) are edge rushers Justin Houston and Dee Ford.
On the other side of the ball rain could slow down Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs high flying offense. The Jaguars have speed and power at every level of the defense and are built to stop the run if the Chiefs have trouble moving the ball through the air.
Kareem Hunt is an excellent runner, but the Jaguars speedy linebackers may be able to neutralize him.
There’s currently an 80% chance of rain Sunday in Kansas City. If the weather men and women are correct, conditions for this game should heavily favor the Jaguars.
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