No. 4 Jaguars who must shine vs. the Chiefs: Devin Lloyd, LB
Not long ago, Jaguars tight end Evan Engram called Travis Kelce the best ever, and nobody batted an eye. There are many good NFL tight ends in the NFL right now but none are nearly as good as the former Cincinnati Bearcat.
Kelce is currently on pace to log his seventh straight 1,000-yard season and by the end of his career, he could rank third in passing yards among tight ends in the All-Time list. The Jaguars might need to double him all game long if they want to slow him down but rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd might be tasked with covering a significant amount of snaps, which might be a tough tall.
Lloyd has played well for most of the year but has struggled in coverage at times. His giving up an 85.5 percent completion rate when targeted this season and his Pro Football Focus coverage grade sits at 37.2. That won’t cut it versus Kelce.
No. 3 Jaguars who must shine vs. the Chiefs: Josh Allen, OLB
Defensive end Dawuane Smoot has been the Jaguars’ most productive pass rusher in Week 10. He’ll need to come up big against the Chiefs but Jacksonville will also need outside linebacker Josh Allen to show out.
While it’s true that Allen often has often faced double teams this season and opposing offenses usually scheme against him, he hasn’t made nearly big enough plays, which is what the top edge rushers do. The 2019 first-round pick will need to get after Patrick Mahomes and disrupt him as much as possible in Week 10, which is probably easier said than done.