The Jacksonville Jaguars had a chance to end a seven-game losing skid to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Also a win would've given Doug Pederson his first one against his mentor, Andy Reid. Both teams got off to a slow start but the Chiefs later took control of the game and won 17-9.
This loss is disappointing because the Jags had a prime opportunity to show they belong among the top teams. Instead, they couldn't keep up with Kansas City, one of the powerhouses in the AFC. With that in mind, here are three takeaways from the disappointing loss.
The Jaguars couldn't establish the run throughout the game
The Jaguars may have wanted to get the running game going early on but they couldn't. In fact, their offense as a whole struggled. For the moment, let's focus on their inability to pound the ball. Just like last week, it was hard to run behind the right side of the offensive line. This time though, there were no opportunities wherever they went.
Travis Etienne had eight carries in the first quarter but he only managed to tally eight yards in the first hand. Things didn't get much better later in the game and Jacksonville finished with a paltry 52 yards on 17 carries. The farther the Jags drifted away on the scoreboard, the less they attempted to run the ball, and understandably so. Why keep trying something that isn't working? Then again, Jacksonville inadvertently put a burden on Trevor Lawrence's shoulders.
In the second half, the Chiefs consistently rushed more than four players and kept Lawrence guessing. Add their exotic coverage and the Jags' offense struggled to move the ball. The third-year quarterback went 24of-41 for 216 yards and a mediocre 5.3-yard average on passing attempt.
All things considered, it's hard to blame anyone for the Jaguars' miscues. The offensive line got overpowered in the trenches, Travis Etienne couldn't break off big runs and Trevor Lawrence couldn't move the ball through the air.
In the opener, the Jaguars offense seemed promising, putting 31 points on the scoreboard. However, things didn't go their way against the Chiefs, which is why they're 1-1 heading into Week 3. They'll need to return to what worked against the Indianapolis Colts and fix what's not working on the right side of the offensive trenches.