4. Jaguars OLBs Travon Walker and Josh Allen will register 4 sacks again vs. the Chiefs
The Jaguars spoiled Anthony Richardson's NFL debut in Week 1 and one big reason was the play of outside linebackers Josh Allen and Travon Walker. The duo combined for four sacks and eight total pressures, and if they play at the same level for the remainder of the season, the pass rush won't be the concern it was believed to be heading into the opener.
Walker and Allen will have a prime opportunity to prove that Week 1 was no fluke. However, the difficulty level will rise considerably. Last week, they had to contain a rookie. This time, it will be Patrick Mahomes, who can excel in the pocket or in the run.
The Jaguars' pass-rush duo will prove they're up to the task by containing the edge and rattling Mahomes throughout the game. Again, they'll tally four sacks but it will be two each this time, giving Walker the first multi-sack game of his career.
3. Jaguars WR Christian Kirk will get his first 100-yard game of the 2023 season
Christian Kirk registered his first 1,000-yard season last year, validating the Jags' decision to give him a top-market deal in free agency. However, he's got off to a slow start in 2023, catching just one pass for nine yards against the Indianapolis Colts in the opener. Then again, it wasn't for a lack of effort.
Kirk is still the same reliable target he was last season but he was doubled in nearly every play, which wasn't a great idea when you take into account that this strategy left plenty of opportunities for fellow receivers Zay Jones and Christain Kirk, along with tight end Evan Engram to make plays.
In Week 2, the Chiefs won't cover Kirk as tightly as Indy did, which should lead to plenty of favorable matchups and his first 100-yard game of the 2023 season.