3 Jaguars players who stepped up vs Chiefs, 2 who didn't in disappointing Week 2 loss

• The Chiefs proved to be too much for the Jaguars at home

• The Jags are now 1-1 in the 2023 season

• Here are three studs and two duds from the game

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) hauls in a reception but not inbounds as Kansas City.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) hauls in a reception but not inbounds as Kansas City. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Unio / USA
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The Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to show they were one of the best teams in the NFL when they welcomed the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Although they scored first and their defense kept them in the game in the first half, they couldn't muster anything on offense and ultimately lost 17-9.

You have to give credit to the Chiefs, they took away the Jaguars' ability to take downfield shots, which forced the Jags to use the short passing game. Not surprisingly, Trevor Lawrence averaged fewer than 6.0 yards per attempt in the game. The ground attack wasn't much better.

Even though Jacksonville made an effort to establish the run, the Chiefs' front four, led by defensive tackle Chris Jones, made it difficult to get anything going. This added pressure on Trevor Lawrence to come through but he and the rest of the offense fell flat. Not everything was doom and gloom though, here are three players who stepped up and two that didn't against Kansas City in Week 2.

No. 3 player who stepped up vs. the Chiefs in Week 2: Christian Kirk, WR

Christian Kirk was the Jaguars' top receiver in 2022, leading the team in catches, touchdowns and receiving yards. This is why it might've been odd at first to see him finish the oneper with just one catch for nine yards. A deeper look showed that the Indianapolis Colts did a good job of limiting his impact.

Against the Chiefs in Week 2, Kirk had his first 100-yard game of the season. He caught 11 receptions for 110 yards although he would've probably preferred to get the win. Meanwhile, Calvin Ridley was covered throughout most of the game and finished with two receptions for 32 yards. Expect this trend to continue in upcoming weeks: The Jags will probably have a different receiver leader every week depending on the matchup.