Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) lines up across from San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (48) during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Initial Prognosis

Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second half at Heinz Field. The Chiefs won the game in overtime, 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL season begins this Thursday with the Ravens taking the field against the Broncos, but the Jacksonville Jaguars get a few more days to prepare for their matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Despite finishing with the same record last year (2-14), the Jaguars and Chiefs have drastically different outlooks going into this season.

  • The Chiefs went all-in with their current foundation by adding an experienced head coach in Andy Reid and a veteran quarterback in Alex Smith to a fairly talented 2012 roster.
  • The Jaguars went in the complete opposite direction, opting instead for a rookie head coach – general manager pairing. The new front office went on to completely overhaul the roster, changing potentially 10+ starters on offense and defense and a majority of the reserve players.

Most analysts have the Chiefs competing for a playoff spot and the Jaguars competing for the first overall pick. We won’t get a good grasp on how far apart these teams actually are until they square off this Sunday, but there are plenty of interesting notes to study before then.

The Chiefs had 6 Pro Bowlers last year? What happened?

Much like the Jaguars, the Chiefs were maligned by the coupling of a lame duck head coach (Romeo Crennel) and possibly the worst quarterback situation in all of football. Having 6 Pro Bowl players doesn’t mean much if the quarterbacks lead the offense to the worst points/game (13.2) and pass yards/game (169.6) in the NFL. Alex Smith isn’t an elite quarterback, but just simple competence should catapult this team past 6 wins or so.

Why did the Chiefs choose Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel?

Most mock drafts had the Chiefs taking Joeckel first overall up until about a week or so before the draft. In reality choosing between the two couldn’t have been too scientific – Eric Fisher provides more overall athleticism while Joeckel showed better technique and consistency against higher competition. If the Chiefs had taken Joeckel then Fisher would be a Jaguar. In all likelihood, both players are going to end up being really good and this comparison is going to be moot. On the off chance one busts, we’ll look back on this decision and wonder what might’ve been.

Aug 24, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel (76) warms up prior to the start of their game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Initial Prognosis – Advantage Chiefs

The Jaguars are playing at home which usually bodes well for them on week 1, but Blaine Gabbert is coming into the game off a non-trivial injury without a full set of reps with the starters this preseason. The Jaguars also don’t have a dependable pass-rusher to put pressure on Alex Smith and his pretty stout offensive line. There are some interesting matchups at the skill positions, but the Chiefs have an advantage almost top to bottom.


- Daniel Lago

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  • aelder027

    I think Jacksonville will play a hard fought game against my Chiefs should be an interesting week one match up!! Can’t wait for sunday!!

  • Broadbird

    Not sure I understand the blindness the Chiefs fans and media are under. You finished 2-14 last year and you think its all going to be fixed starting week 1. You have just as much work to do as the Jags do. But come on in to the Bank and bring your over confidence. I’m sure the Jags will just roll over for you.

    • Chris Tarrants

      It will be fixed week 1 and here is why. Last year our qbs led the league in turnovers and three and outs, enter Smith who is known for ball sercurity and good decision making= fixed that problem. Then there was the coaching staff of Romeo who was in over his head and Daboll who was absolutely horrendous at calling plays, enter Reid who is know for being a great head coach and he brought an all star coaching staff with him= fixed that problem, and then our special teams last year well just simply enter Toub= fixed for that one, last but not least is our defense which last year spend more time on the field than any other defense in the league, see qb woes above, enter Alex Smith and sustained drives = fixed. That my friend is why this squad will be the most improved in the league and I will bet my pay check on it!

      • TONY

        I could not agree more my friend!!!!!!

      • Broadbird

        Hey our Kool-Aid is tasting just as good as yours is. I could go through and give you just as many reasons we will be much better this year as well.
        1. You are betting on Alex Smith yet he has a very shaky history and hasn’t proven he’s a franchise QB. He a .500 career QB.
        2. When you don’t win it is normal to blame the play calling.
        3. Reid and an All Star coaching staff? I like Andy Reid as well but to say him and his All Star coaching staff is going to fix it all in one year is alot to ask.
        4. You are banking on Alex Smith again.

        Good Luck to you and the Chiefs!

        Go Jags!!

        • Luke Seidl

          None of those were reasons the jags will be better…at least the points the chiefs fan made related to his team. It is fair to say that AS11 might not be a franchise QB but he is head and shoulders above KC’s QB situation a year ago. As for the staff, Andy Reid is a proven winner and the other fantastic coach is toub and you will see why come sunday. The chiefs are set to field a top 5 special teams unit and a top 10 defense. If the offense can even be top 20 this team will be a playoff contender. And top 20 isn’t asking much.

      • RepOurChiefs

        He doesnt understand our pieces and talent were already stacked unlike the jags and that is the diff between the two 2-14 teams. The jags are literally rebuilding while the chiefs just added value to a cpl important places to a team already waiting to rev the engine. Dont know how to explaining it any better than that but we shall see. I truly hope your jags bring it. Battle of the 2-14′s. Which team turned their wrench the right way. The team who merely made major adjustments or the team that has new untested parts in major places. Lets the games begin.

    • Anthony Carlos Jr.

      Not roll over,but they’ll still be beat! It’s our year! Go Chiefs!!!

    • superman_25_58

      You have just as much work to do as the Jags do………..? Do you eat paint chips for a living? The Chiefs roster is 1000X better than the Jags roster and it’s not even close in comparison. Enjoy the battle for the #1 pick next year with the Faiders!!!

      • RepOurChiefs

        Ha! Paint chips

    • antony555

      I really think you should not believe everything you read in the media, both of our clubs finished with the same exact record last year. There are no blind coaches, players, are fans here in KC. And we will field the best team during our contest with your Jags as you are Pros as well will do the same. We are vastly improved from last year but the only way to show that is on the field not the computer. lady luck was not on our side last year as our team was much better than our record showed, but that was then and this is now
      Mr. Broadbird, also we watched your QB for four years plus and know what he is capable of, that is the reason we will in no way take this away game for granted, and of the fact that Denver just rolled over the defending Super bowl Champion…we need to win to keep pace with Peyton’s bunch..

    • Clint Moran

      It’s funny, everyone keeps saying “this team went 2-14 last year”. How is that? I’m not too sure that most people realize that of the 53 on the roster, 30 were not involved in the 2012 2-14 chiefs….. 30! Every coach was replaced besides emmit thomas. new gm. This team didnt do anything last year, this team is new. After Sunday, honestly, I’d say the chiefs have less to work on than the jags, doubt the jags will “roll over” (as you put it) anyone. No reason for hostility, both our beloved teams sucked last year, and we know very little about how they will perform this year.