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The Chiefs leave Jacksonville with a sloppy 17-9 victory over the Jaguars

The Chiefs did everything in their power to lose this game and yet they still came out on top thanks to the Chiefs defense.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Jones #95 and Malik Herring #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs react during the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 17, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The Chiefs committed 12 penalties giving up 94 yards. They also lost the turnover battle with Patrick Mahomes throwing an interception. The Chiefs punt returner still has issues this time with Richie James muffing the return giving the Jags the ball in the red zone. 

The Chiefs offense failed to get momentum going for the second week in a row and arguably the Chiefs looked worse. Even with superstar Travis Kelce back in the lineup and a reinvigorated Kadaruis Toney the Chiefspassing game lacked luster. 

While Kelce did catch a touchdown pass he was relevant for the rest of the game. He finished the game with four receptions for a measly 26 yards. Toney was also irrelevant for most of the game. He was targeted early in the game and even broke off a 17-yard reception but once the second half began the Jags defense put the clamps down on him. He finished the game with five catches for 35 yards.

The exact opposite level of play came from the defense as they played at an elite level. All three levels of the defense had their fair share of say on the outcome of the game. 

The biggest question was going to be what is Chris Jones going to look like in his first game of the year. He missed all of the offseason programming, preseason and the first game against the Lions. Despite all that Jones was in mid-season form as he was the most disruptive player on the defensive line. He ended the game with 1.5 sacks and was a wrecking ball all game long. Other players liek George Karlaftis and Felix Anudike-Uzomah end the game in the sack column.

The linebackers flew around the field playing sideline to sideline. The Jaguars had a game plan of to hit quick screen and lateral passes. Willie Gay, Nick Bolton and Leo Chenal were all over the game plan not allowing any of those plays to get past them. 

Last but certainly not least the Chiefs secondary were the stars of the show. They prevented the Jaguars from getting in the end zone. The Chiefs safeties and cornered used the back of the endzone to keep Jacksonville from scoring.

There was a segment where the Jaguyara got seven chances in one-time frame due to a pass interference call and they still could not get into the end zone. This was due to heads-up plays by Kansas City. any time a Jacksonville wide receiver got close to the back of the end zone the Chiefs secondary made sure they stepped out of bounds before they could complete the catch. This kept the game from getting out of hand early. Instead, while the Chiefs offense kept spinning its wheels in place Jacksonville had to settle for field goals. 

Kansas City heads back home for week three. They will take on the Chicago Bears at 3:25.  


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