The Jaguars Must Shine on Offense to Beat the Chiefs
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars will need the kind of offensive output they displayed against both the New England Patriots and the New York Jets to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles told the media on Wednesday there was some excitement in getting the chance to face the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs this weekend at Arrowhead Stadium. If Jacksonville (3-1) is going to make another “statement” about being the best the AFC has to offer this season, a win against arguably the best offense in the league would certainly help the team’s cause.
Bortles and his teammates must continue with the same kind of momentum they showed against the New York Jets, coming off a tough and emotional loss to the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago.
"“I think any time you get to go play a team that is 4-0 and playing the way they are playing. Obviously, everybody knows and is talking about how good they are doing and how good they are offensively,” Bortles said.“Like you said, I know our defense is juiced up and the same for us. We want to make sure we are doing a good job. They are really good on third downs, so we have to stay on the field and find a way to convert and move the chains and keep their offense off the field and score points.”"
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Kansas City, led by their quarterback Patrick Mahomes, lead the NFL in scoring with 36.3 points per contest.
The Chiefs will face the league’s top scoring defense, which presents the ultimate challenge of which side of the ball will win the battle on Sunday. Bortles is hoping the team’s offense does their part as well.
Not having Leonard Fournette for this game cannot help Jacksonville’s chances of moving the football downfield, controlling the clock and keeping Mahomes and his many weapons on the sidelines.
T.J. Yeldon, who has been more than serviceable in this offense this season, will be called to start once again.
Jacksonville is averaging 22 points a game this season but has shown a penchant for putting up big numbers against both the New England Patriots in Week 2 and the Jets last weekend.
"“I think when Leonard is not out there, everybody understands there is just going to need to be that much more asked of you,” Bortles added. “There is going to need to be kind of that …The production that he brings is missing when he isn’t there and we have to pick it up somewhere. I know T.J. [Yeldon] and Corey [Grant] take a lot of pride in that, doing it from the running back room.”"
What does help the Jaguars is a Chiefs defense that is anything but stellar in giving up over 28 points a contest. Jacksonville’s wide receivers could have another big game on a fast track.
Could Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook have another huge week? Will Keelan Cole continue his solid season so far?
Playing in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL will also give this team another challenge they have not dealt with yet this season.
This also provides Bortles and the Jaguars a chance to win back-to-back games once again (Week 1 and 2) and create more momentum as they head to Dallas to face the Cowboys next week.
"“It’s kind of something we struggled a little bit with last year and in years past here, but Doug [Marrone] has said all season long it is a new team, it is a new year,” Bortles said. “I think this is the perfect opportunity to kind of break that mold of going up and down back-to-back weeks [of] playing good and then following it up with a poor performance. I think this is the perfect opportunity to kind of break that.”"