The only thing that can stop the Jaguars offense against the Chiefs is the Jaguars offense?
You may be wondering what that means. Luckily for you, I'm here to tell you.
The Jacksonville Jaguars offense is loaded with talent and potential. In two of their four games this year they've shown off just how skilled they are. Against the Patriots and Jets the team scored a combined 62 points. In those two games the Jaguars much maligned QB Blake Bortles completed completed 58/83 pass attempts, or 70% of his passes. He averaged 382 passing yards and three touchdowns per game in those two contests.
The Jaguars offensive performances during those two impressive outings weren't perfect, but in those two games the Jaguars offensive line, quarterback, receivers, and running backs were able to play mistake free football enough to move the ball with consistency and strike on big plays down the field.
Now, we've got to look at the Jaguars other two performances as well. Against the Giants and Titans the Jaguars scored 20 points and nine points respectively. For the sake of this exercise we'll say the Jaguars offense scored only 13 points against the Giants, because one of the teams touchdowns on the day came on a Myles Jack pick six.
In those two poor offensive performances the Jaguars offense didn't face a defense that was better or more talented than they were.
The Jaguars offense beat themselves in those two games. Penalties, dropped passes and inaccurate throws were the culprit.
The Jaguars offensive line has committed 10 penalties in four games this year. And as a whole the offense has racked up 15 on the season. These types of mistakes kill drives.
Then there's the drops. Jaguars receivers have dropped 10 passes this season. Again, mental errors like this can stop potentially successful drives in their tracks.
Finally we get to Blake Bortles. In the Jaguars two forgettable offensive outings against the Giants and Titans Bortles threw, by my count, a minimum of five flat out bad passes per game.
Neither the Giants nor the Titans did anything special that the Jaguars offense couldn't overcome. In those two sloppy showings by the offense the reason for the lack of success was easily identifiable: self-inflicted wounds.
The Jaguars head west this week to take on the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the only thing that will stop this Jaguars offense from firing on all cylinders is if they can't get out of their own way. The Chiefs defense certainly isn't going to do anything to slow them down. Kansas City has one of, if not, the worst defenses in football. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone spoke highly of the Chiefs defense this week, but I have a feeling he knows as well as I do that this is a defense the Jaguars should be able to move the ball against.
The Chiefs are the worst tackling team in football. They've already missed 45 tackles this season. They're giving up an average of 6.7 yard per play and a league worst 451.8 yards of offense per game.
The one thing the Chiefs defense can do is pressure the QB, but the Jaguars running game, with TJ Yeldon averaging 6 yards per carry this season as the starting running back, and quick strike aerial attack should be able to counter that.
As long as the Jaguars offense doesn't beat themselves with dropped passes, penalties, and errant throws they'll put up a ton of points in Kansas City.
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