Takeaways from Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

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Takeaways from Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

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Takeaways from Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs

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With temperatures hovering near 40 degrees at Arrowhead Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs offered a reminder to the AFC that while Buffalo is awfully good, the road to Glendale could roll through KC. The Jacksonville Jaguars found that out the hard way as they lost 27-17. For a game featuring the always explosive Chiefs, neither team got on the board until Kansas City opened it up with a six-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to receiver Kadarius Toney for a 7-0 lead at the 3:23 mark in the first quarter.

Jags Still A Hard Team To Figure at 3-7

For the entirety of the 2022 season, the Jaguars have shown promise. Wins against teams like Indianapolis, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Las Vegas Raiders have shown a franchise looking to break out. From a statistical standpoint, they owned the turnover battle on the road by taking the ball away three times and not turning it over on offense. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence had a respectable game. He’d throw for 259 yards completing 26 passes on 35 attempts and two touchdowns. But the offensive line has to protect better. Lawrence was sacked five times today. 

For Jacksonville it’s about not just winning the turnover battle, but converting them to points. Against the Chiefs, if they put a couple of scores on the board with two of three of those takeaways, it’s an entirely different game. 

The Chiefs, Mahomes Still The Kings

At 7-2, Kansas City has shown they are still the best team by far in the AFC West as well as the best team in the American Football Conference. Calm and cool, Patrick Mahomes showed that he’s the Gold Standard in a conference with some great quarterbacks like Josh Allen in Buffalo and Tua Tagovailoa in Miami. Against the Jags, it was a day of firsts beginning with wide receiver Kadarius Toney. Toney snagged his first career touchdown. 

Tight end Noah Gray would score his first receiving touchdown of the season, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling recorded his first touchdown in a Chiefs uniform. Mahomes went 26-for-35 for 331 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. He added 39 rushing yards for another solid day. Defensively, and like the Kansas City offense, the defense saw contributions from up-and-down the starting 11. Chris Jones kicked in 1.5 sacks while teammate Carlos Dunlap would be part of the split.

Jags up-and-coming, KC Still The One

Jacksonville will have a great season and can still find a way into the playoffs with more consistent play and learning how to win football games, something that can hamper a young team with a lot of talent. Kansas City resides on the opposite end of that spectrum. The Chiefs are the best team in the AFC followed by the Miami Dolphins and then Buffalo. 27 points and 331 yards in passing is a pretty pedestrian kind of game for Mahomes. That I’m and of itself says it all about their win against Jacksonville and a reminder that the playoffs will run through Arrowhead.

Next up for Kansas City – at the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next up for Jacksonville – November 27 versus the Baltimore Ravens.

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