Jaguars (3-3) @ Chiefs (3-2)
When: Sunday October 24, 1 PM (CBS)
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Jaguars are trying to bounce back after a brutal loss on Monday night against the Titans. The Chiefs are trying to rebound from a heartbreaking last minute loss to the Texans. Which team has the better chance of returning to the win column this weekend?
Jaguars Offense vs. Chiefs Defense
Is it going to be Todd Bouman or Trent Edwards? The only thing certain about the Jaguars quarterback position going into this game is the fact that David Garrard will not be playing. Whether it is Bouman or Edwards under center it does not take a genius to figure out that Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars running game will be very important if the Jaguars are going to have any success on offense in Kansas City.
This is easier said than done, however. The Chiefs currently rank number five in the NFL against the run. New Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has his young defensive unit performing well early in the season. The Jaguars need to have enough success through the air to prevent the Chiefs from loading up the box to stop the run. Look for the Jaguars to use the short passing game with Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis as an extension of the running game in attempt to get their playmakers into space.
Chiefs Offense vs. Jaguars Defense
The Jaguars defense has been a mess all season. They have not been very successful this season stopping the run or pass. The Kansas City Chiefs come into this game with the top rated rushing attack in the league averaging 164.6 yards per game on the ground. The Chiefs have a solid running back combination in Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. Charles is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball, while Jones is a solid between the tackles runner. Limiting the Chiefs running backs will be essential if the Jaguars defense wants to have a chance at staying off the field.
The Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has been average this season. However, the Jaguars pass defense has made average quarterbacks look really good this season. The Jaguars will be trying yet another new safety combination in this game, but all these shakeups in the defensive backfield are not doing the unit any favors. Cassel had his best game of the season last week against another poor pass defense in Houston. He could be in line for another big week against a poor Jaguars pass defense.
With the Chargers floundering, the Chiefs appear to be the class of the AFC West. It is no secret that Arrowhead is one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, and the Jaguars looked awful on Monday night. The Chiefs are going to do everything they need to do to shut down Maurice Jones-Drew and forces whoever is playing quarterback to make some throws to beat them. I don’t like the Jaguars chances this week.
Chiefs 31 Jaguars 13