Game Previews

Kansas City Chiefs @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Location

TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL

 

Time

1pm ET

6pm UK

 

Coverage

CBS

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

 

Team Records

Chiefs 0-0

Jaguars 0-0

 

Last 3 games

7th October 2018 Jags 14 @ Chiefs 30

6th November 2016 Jags 14 @ Chiefs 19

8th September 2013 Chiefs 28 @ Jags 2

 

The story so far

Expectations are high. Anything less than an AFC Championship would be considered a backwards step. Super Bowl predictions abound. Is Patrick Mahomes really going to regress like so many pundits are predicting or could he possibly improve on 50TDs and 5000 yards? Pre season was somewhat underwhelming but the starters played a lot less than normal. Can they come out firing on all cylinders in week 1 against a good Jaguars defence?  How will the new defence look? What kind of pass rush is there without Houston and Ford? Can the cornerbacks cover anyone?

The season starts in Florida, lets hope it finishes there too…

 

Head to head

Tied 6-6

 

Team Leaders

None yet

 

One to watch

Frank Clark

When you trade one of your most productive pass rushers then give up high draft picks to obtain his replacement then you’d better not swing and miss. Frank Clark is the real deal, a good fit for this defence and he knows how to line up onside. Get ready for a wrecking crew of Clark and Jones, it’s going to be fun to watch.

 

Key Matchup

Jalen Ramsey v The Return Specialist.

I wonder if Jalen still thinks that. I expect a newly paid Tyreek Hill to be fired up and ready to run Ramsey all over the field. This isn’t necessarily going to decide the game but it’s going to be fascinating to watch two of the best at their respective positions going against each other.

 

Injuries

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

PLAYER

POS.

INJURY

PART. WED.

PART. THURS.

PART. FRI.

GAME STATUS

Tyrann Mathieu

S

Shoulder

FP

FP

FP

Armani Watts

S

Shoulder

FP

FP

FP

Darrel Williams

RB

Shoulder

FP

FP

FP

Deon Yelder

TE

Ankle

FP

FP

FP

Xavier Williams

DT

Illness

DNP

Questionable

Jordan Lucas

S

Back

DNP

Questionable

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

PLAYER

POS.

INJURY

PART. WED.

PART. THURS.

PART. FRI.

GAME STATUS

Nick Foles

QB

Oblique

FP

FP

FP

Marqise Lee

WR

Knee

FP

FP

FP

Quincy Williams

LB

Knee

FP

FP

FP

Cam Robinson

OL

Knee

FP

FP

DNP

Doubtful

Lerentee McCray

DE

Ankle

LP

FP

FP

D.J. Alexander

LB

Hamstring

LP

FP

FP

Marcell Dareus

DT

Elbow

LP

LP

LP

Questionable

Cedric Ogbuehi

OL

Hamstring

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

Josh Oliver

TE

Hamstring

DNP

DNP

DNP

Out

 

What they said

Todd Wash, Jaguars Defensive coordinator

“It’s going to be a heck of a challenge,”

What we said

Steve Spagnuolo

“One thing I think that’s natural when you’re in something new is that if things go the right way early, confidence builds. Now, the flip side of the coin happens, too, and I think we need to protect against that,” Spagnuolo said. “If it doesn’t go great out of the gate here – and I’m not just talking about one game – then the challenge will be to trust what we’re doing and to trust each other. I think it’s good to talk about that. I call it, ‘managing the downside,’ because this league is ups and downs. There is no such thing as perfect, and it won’t be perfect. We just have to work out the kinks. In the first game, the challenge is always what you do over on the sideline in between series – and everybody is going through the same thing. It’s multiplied a little bit by the fact that the team we’re getting ready to play has a new coordinator and has a new quarterback – a lot of unknowns. So, we do the best we can in prepping them and then we’ll see what happens.”

 

Odds

Chiefs by 3.5.

Game points 51.5

I’d be taking the over on both.

 

Prediction

Chiefs 38  Jaguars 20

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