It may have been a win, but it was an ugly one. That mans there’s plenty of winners and losers.
Chris Jones returned from his holdout and didn’t waste time in showing why he was demanding so much money. He was getting consistent pressure all day, leading to him being credited for 1.5 sacks on the day. That includes one he got on a crucial 4th down.
But that statline might underestimate his impact. He was a large part of the Karlaftis/Danna sack when he forced Lawrence to move up in the pocket, but also got what should be called a sack when he force Lawrence to panic throw it backwards.
The defense started the season strong allowing just 14 points to the Lions last week, but this week may have been even more impressive. On a day where the offense took a while to wake up the defense held the Jaguars to what really should just be 6 points (3 points came on a field goal off a muffed punt).
If they continue to play like this it’s going to be hard for anybody to prevent the Chiefs from winning another Super Bowl.
He started the game slow, but in the second half Reid fed him and he answered big time to finish the game with 12 carried for 70 yards. I’ll take that any day of the week (but especially Sundays).
While not nearly as bad as last week, it looked like Skyy was on pace for another disappointing game as he had just 2 catches for 16 yards by the time the Chiefs got the ball back late in the game looking to burn clock.
But the good news for receivers is that it only takes one big play for them to have a big game, and Moore came in at the absolute best time with a huge 54 yard catch on 3rd down to all but seal the victory for the Chiefs.
He finished with 70 yards on the game, which you’d absolutely take from a guy who’s not really expected to be the top option.
He wasn’t the same force Chris Jones was, but he did make his presence felt with 1.5 sacks, which in my opinion really should have been a full 2 as he was the one to get there first on the one he shared with Danna.
James had a rough day. He has struggled to make it onto the field as a receiver and has mostly been doing kick returns. On one punt return he failed to do the primary job of a returner (catch the ball) as the sun got in his eyes and he gave the Jaguars the ball.
I feel bad for putting Taylor on here. I genuinely feel like he was being unfairly targetted by the refs after the controversy from the Lions game.
That being said, he had a brutal game for penalties. He had 2 false starts, an illegal formation, then two holds in the span of 3 plays which caused him to be temporarily lifted from the game.
This will be something to watch as the year goes on. We know this is how he has played his whole career, but if the NFL is going to crack down on him he’ll need to make the adjustment.
The offense continued to look out of sorts even though he was back. It may be unfair, but he is expected to be the center of the offense and he was mostly invisible. He also had a couple penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, although neither one was particularly painful.
He got called for multiple penalties and overall just didn’t have a great day. He was a noteable weak spot on an otherwise great defensive performance.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a nice run after catch to convert the 4th down, but the coaching staff clearly didn’t trust him as he got just one carry on the game.
Normally I don’t talk about guys who didn’t have a clearly good or bad day, but sometimes there are performances that fit either category that are impossible to ignore.
Justin Watson had one such performance. Overall he had a nice day being Mahomes’ main target with 3 catches for 62 yards. But that comes with a giant asterisk as he had a brutal fumble on one of his catches that gave the Jaguars the ball. Luckily the Lions gave it right back, but that’s still something that can wipe out an otherwise good performance.
Kadarius Toney also had an up-and-down day. After being the goat (lower case) last week Reid made sure to feature him early and he fulfilled his role. He didn’t just make the plays that were designed for him, he used his ability to actively gain extra yards.
But like Watson, Toney had a brutal fumble. He managed to recover it, but he lost so many yards that the Chiefs were eventually forced to punt.