LOCATION: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
BETTING LINE: KC -9
FINAL LINE SCORE
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS STATS
Blake Bortles- 22/41, 252 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Chris Ivory- 18 carries, 107 yards, 1 fumble
Allen Robinson- 7 receptions, 76 yards, 1 TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Paul Posluszny- 6 tackles
PLAYER OF THE GAME
PLAYER STATS: 20/33, 187, 1 TD
This was more of a full team effort win for the Chiefs rather than one standout performance by one player. One of the more consistent players in this game was Nick Foles. He did not have a superb performance, but he stayed consistent throughout the game. Alex Smith was not available to start and Nick Foles stepped up big. He did what his team asked of him and kept the Chiefs out in front in this game. He did have a few overthrows but he kept the drive moving and pushed the Chiefs into field goal range. The Chief’s running game was nonexistent so Foles came up big in the offensive production.
JAGUARS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
RUNNING BACKS: 5/10. Chris Ivory had a great offensive showing, but him and TJ Yeldon both had two crucial fumbles.
QUARTERBACKS: 6/10. Blake Bortles looked better in this game, but he still had some bad overthrows.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 8/10. The receivers led the offensive charge with some nice catches, but they did hurt their team with a few drops, including one on 4th and 1.
DEFENSIVE LINE: 9/10. The defensive line stepped up and stopped the run game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 2/10. Special teams lost the Jaguars this game. For the third straight week the Jags had a fumble on a punt return and Jason Myers missed a key field goal.
The Jaguars simply let the Chiefs win this game. There were several chances for the Jaguars to win this game, but they could not capitalize. Their first mistake came in the second quarter when the Jaguars decided to go for it one 4th and 1 on the Chiefs’ 30-yard line. If they went for the field goal and converted they could have kicked the field goal on 4th and 3 with under two minutes in the game. The second mistake came when Jason Myers missed a 54-yard field goal that would have brought the Jaguars within 2 later in the game. Again, the Jaguars could have kicked a field goal to go into the lead on their last drive instead of going for it on 4th down. The final mistake came when Chris Ivory fumbled the ball on the Chiefs’ 1-yard line. When the play went under review it should have been ruled a TD as the ball crossed the goal line, but regardless, Ivory needs to hold onto the ball.
The Chiefs’ defense and special teams came up big for them in this game. The defense forced two turnovers where the offense was able to takeover in Jaguars’ territory. An interception and a fumble led to 6 points. The Chiefs’ special teams also forced a fumble on a punt return that led to a touchdown and returned a punt into Jaguars’ territory that led to a field goal. Defense won the Chiefs this game by giving great field position to their offense. The Chiefs look like a great team and will improve when QB Alex Smith and RB Spencer Ware return from injury. The Jaguars continue to dig themselves into a hole with their turnovers and poor play.
CHIEFS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
TIGHT ENDS: 7/10. Travis Kelce led the team in receiving yards, but he almost cost his team with his ejection and 30 penalty yards.
RUNNING BACKS: 6/10. The running game did not show up, but Charcandrick West did have a big run that gained a first down to end the game.
QUARTERBACKS: 8/10. Nick Foles did not do anything spectacular, but he stayed consistent.
SECONDARY: 5/10. The secondary did limit the pass, but they were bailed out by a few bad passes. They had two dropped INTs with one leading to a TD.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 10/10. Kicker Cairo Santos came up big converting on all four field goal attempts.