At Kansas City
58 degrees / raining
Key Coaching Decision #1: (JAX ball/ JAX trails 10-0 /4th – and- 1 KC 3 / 7:40 Q2)
• Blake Bortles’ pass attempt to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on fourth down fell incomplete. The Jaguars 13 play, 72-yard drive that took up nearly six minutes resulted in no points for the Jaguars. A field goal here would make it a 10-3 contest, and a one-score Chiefs lead. The Chiefs turned the ball over after they took over on downs, but Bortles immediately turned the ball over on the first play from scrimmage. Getting points here would have given the Jaguars offense a boost in confidence.
Key Coaching Decision #2: All game long
• The Chiefs defensive front dominated the Jaguars offensive line. Specifically, the right side of the Jaguars offensive line was beaten soundly all afternoon and gave up five sacks. Right tackle Jermey Parnell was completely over-matched and the Chiefs coaching staff knew this and exploited this advantage. The Jaguars coaching staff did little to help him out. They left him out there without tight ends or backs to chip a pass rusher to help stop the pass rush.
Dee Ford and Chris Jones had huge games with sacks, passes defended, hurries and hits of Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. Jones also ended up with an interception and touchdown return to effectively put the nail in the Jaguars coffin towards the end of the first half.
• This was supposed to be the marquee game of the day. Pat Mahomes was facing the best defense he and the Chiefs have gone up against this season. Yet, the Chiefs led the game from wire to wire and won decisively.
• The rains before the game and during the Jaguars first drive didn’t appear to impact the players footing or the quality of the play.
• Jacksonville has lost two of the last three games and have scored under 20 points in each of those two games.
• The Jaguars did not score until 3:10 remained in the third quarter.
• The Jaguars offense fell in love with the potential of the deep ball early in the game after a 38-yard completion to wide receiver D.J. Chark. In the next set of downs, Bortles was sacked and attempted two deep passes that fell incomplete. It squandered a decent start to their second drive of the game.
• The Jaguars have issues at running back. Leonard Fournette was out for a second straight game and Corey Grant was injured early in the game and is out for the rest of the season.
• Jaguars had the ball with 1:45 left in the half, down 20-0. The Jaguars go on a 10 play, 83-yard drive that ends with Blake Bortles throwing an interception in the red zone to end the threat. In the previous possession, Bortles threw a “pick 6” to Chris Jones. Bortles threw four interceptions.
• The Jaguars defense played with a lot of enthusiasm even when down. If the Jaguars offense could have mustered much of anything yesterday, they might have had a chance in this contest.
• We are starting to see the second and third generation of Kansas City’s gadget plays. They are starting to make alterations to them, they’re “flipping” the plays, running the plays to the “boundary” as opposed to the “field” and running the plays out of different formations and personnel groups.
• One thing that the Chiefs coaching staff needs to address going forward is a number of unsportsmanlike penalties late in the game. We would expect that the Chiefs players, because of their success, will probably be in contentious situations late in games. They have to learn how to handle that success so as to not cost their team. Defensive lineman Dee Ford was thrown out of the game late because of a second unsportsmanlike penalty. Ford had five tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble. Defensive End Chris Jones was ejected for throwing a punch.