Who wins a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs? The writers here at Black and Teal weigh in on the outcome from TIAA Bank Field.
Last year, Jalen Ramsey stood at the podium and essentially dismissed Tyreek Hill as a weapon in the Kansas City offense. The Jaguars fell at Arrowhead Stadium 30-14 but held quarterback Patrick Mahomes without a touchdown on the day. Hill was productive but did not score on Jacksonville’s defense.
We aren’t sure yet what to expect from the Jaguars offense, but a new quarterback, added wide receivers, changes at tight end and on the offensive line have many of us hoping for best but praying against the worst.
This offense, which scored just over 15 points a contest in 2018, can’t be as bad as it was 12 months ago, right? If that is the case then heads are going to roll and changes will be made in-season at TIAA Bank Field.
Oh, and don’t forget about this defense, which is still pretty good.
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"“The biggest thing is one play at a time,” Calais Campbell said, via Jaguars.com. “We’re going to make plays, too. We have to keep fighting. Keep winning the play in front of us. If we lose the last one – it is what it is. OK, cool. We’ll grade it on Monday, but the next play is just as crucial.”"
This might be a high-scoring affair on Sunday, which would make plenty of Black and Teal fans happy. What we all want to see more than anything is a change for the better and a team that looks committed to winning football games once again in North Florida.
We here at Black and Teal had a chance to give our own thoughts on the game on Sunday and predict the score of the game. Here’s what we all had to say.
Lorenzino Estrada – The Nick Foles era in Jacksonville will kick off with a major bang, as the Jaguars will defeat the Chiefs 23-20. Jacksonville’s elite defense will look for revenge against a fast offense that embarrassed the unit last season.
Foles and Dede Westbrook will expose the still weak Kansas City defense, and Leonard Fournette is back in action with a solid performance. This matchup will be won be whichever teams’ weakest unit, meaning the Jags offense versus Kansas City’s defense. The former prevails.
Jess Overby – The Jaguars start the 2019 season against what could possibly be their toughest opponent of the year. And they’re going to win. Sure, the Chiefs are one of the favorites to win the AFC and make a trip to the Super Bowl.
And they’re going to lose.
This is the best-case scenario for the Jaguars: the first game of the year, at home. The team is the healthiest it will be all year, and the teams are at their most uncertain with new players and no real film on each other. The Jags can look at last year’s tape of Kansas City to put together a better defensive game plan than the Chiefs can do against the Jags because of Nick Foles and offensive coordinator John Defilippo.
Oh, and the Jags defense is stacked. KC’s defense – suspect. Final score: 16 – 13, Jaguars.
Kathy Clark – The Jaguars face the Chiefs on Sunday. If the defense plays well and can slow down Patrick Mahomes and if the offense can score some points the Jaguars have a chance.
I believe we will keep the game respectable, with the Chiefs winning 28-17. That would be a solid start to the season.
David Levin – The Jaguars have a chance to open their 25th season in the NFL with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s no small task facing one of the best offenses in the league.
The Jaguars are now shifting players around on the offensive line to deal with the loss of left tackle Cam Robinson, which I am not sure if that makes as much of a tough situation as many think. Will Richardson could be a huge surprise at the position.
I don’t think the Jaguars win today, but I do think they keep it close. Kansas City 27-23.
Anthony Robertson – For this week one matchup it is going to be about how well the Jaguars defense can contain this high powered Chiefs offense.
I think that the Jaguars defense will do a good enough job allowing for the newly refined offense to get enough points to secure the victory. Jaguars win in a nail-biting victory. Final Score: Jaguars win 28-24.