Jaguars Face the Chiefs: Our Experts Make the Picks
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Our experts here at Black and Teal predict the winner.
The numbers don’t lie. If the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they will be considered the frontrunner in the AFC and one of the favorites to reach Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. The Chiefs, undefeated so far this season, face the top-ranked defense in the NFL to this point.
This could also be a game of speed from both teams on a fast track.
"“They’re a fast group, but we’re a fast group,” linebacker Telvin Smith said via ESPN.com. “Like we said, this is going to be the best against the best. Make your move. We’re going to make our move.”"
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The Chiefs have plenty of weapons to choose from. The Jaguars, with Blake Bortles at quarterback and a group of wide receivers led by Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief, and Keelan Cole, provide speed on the outside as well to keep the Kansas City secondary honest.
I personally like the chess match that has already begun this week. Which team will fold first?
Ask the visitors and they will tell you this is a game they cannot wait to play.
We here at Black and Teal are starting a new feature of picking the winner of each game this season. We are pleased to be bringing you, our readers more coverage and different stories to our site.
Here are what our writers have to say about Sunday’s matchup.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs game is the NFL premiere game of the week. My decision is to pick with my heart and not my head. The Jaguars will win the game for three reasons. First, Patrick Mahomes is a rookie and will play like a rookie this week against the Jags defense.
Next, the Chiefs are undefeated and no one goes undefeated so it’s time for them to lose.
Finally, the Chiefs defense is ranked number 32 in the NFL so our offense will be able to move the ball.
Jaguars 27 Chiefs 24.
The biggest thing for Jacksonville in this game is to not let the warranted outside noise get in their heads. Kansas City will play their game and Jaguars must do the same.
Patrick Mahomes’ production will be limited by a hungry, Jacksonville secondary looking for their first interception.
Blake Bortles will have another big day against the worst statistical defense in the NFL. Jacksonville wins a nail-biter.
Jaguars 24 Chiefs 20
For as great as the Kansas City Chiefs offense is, they haven’t played a defense like the Jaguars. In fact, if you average the total yards allowed for the Chiefs 4 opponents so far (Charges, Steelers, 49ers, and Broncos), you find that the Chiefs have played defenses that give up 389 yards per game. That would be right around 22nd in the league.
The Jaguars defense is currently ranked 1st in the league in total yards allowed at 259 yards per game. Simply put, Patrick Mahomes is in for a rude awakening.
It’s a game that could easily become a high-scoring affair or could be a defensive struggle. While Jacksonville’s defense is ranked first in the NFL, I wonder which offense will show up on the road.
Blake Bortles has to have another game like last week where he finds receivers in open space. Also, T.J. Yeldon must find a way to move the chains on the ground.
Kansas City’s defense is ranked 28th overall in the NFL, but playing at home in a game like this might inspire the team to play a tougher brand of football.
In the end, it comes down to how the Jaguars defense contains Kansas City’s weapons. While I like our defense’s chances, I am still concerned because ultimately it comes down to how Bortles plays.
I’ll take Jacksonville in a close one.
Jaguars 23 Kansas City 20