No. 2 Jaguars who must shine vs. the Chiefs: Travis Etienne: RB
More often than not, taking a running back in the first round of the draft is a bad investment, and choosing Travis Etienne 25th overall last year seemed like a baffling decision at the time but the Jaguars are surely pleased they did.
Although Etienne missed his rookie campaign with a Lisfranc injury, he’s become a mainstay of the Jaguars’ offense in his sophomore year. He’s currently third in the league with 680 yards and should have no trouble eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in the upcoming weeks.
Head coach Doug Pederson told the media during the week that Etienne’s workload might decrease but the Jaguars’ will need to lean on him if they want to beat the Chiefs.
No. 1 Jaguars who must shine vs. the Chiefs, Trevor Lawrence, QB
You could make the case that Trevor Lawrence is the Jekyll and Hyde of NFL quarterbacks. He will play poorly one week and bounce back the next. He’s certainly made strides in Year 2 but he’s also played a role in some of the Jaguars’ losses this season.
Lawrence had a productive outing against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 9, completing 80.65 percent of his passes for 235 yards with one touchdown. It’s hard to see him having a similar performance against a vastly better Chiefs team but he’ll need to avoid being overaggressive and turning the ball over f the Jags want to come out of Arrowhead Stadium with a win.
The coaching staff also needs to scheme a few designed runs for Lawrence. He had success running the ball against the Raiders, toting the rock six times for 53 yards.