As much as you can possibly find in today’s NFL, this is just a supreme case of strength vs. strength and this collision should make for an exceptional football game. The Jaguars defense is allowing the fewest first downs per game while Kansas City’s offense is producing the most first downs on a per game basis. Jacksonville’s defense has only created two turnovers this year, but they remain an elite unit and are most difficult defense in the league to score touchdowns against. It could be argued that they are playing better in 2018 than last year, but Patrick Mahomes has done a terrific job of valuing the football while still making big play after big play. In their Seahawks-like Cover 3 scheme, the Jaguars will play mostly zone coverage, won’t likely travel their cornerbacks, featuring super-stud Jalen Ramsey, and are schematically reliant on their great pass-rush and speed and athleticism across the board. The Chiefs offensive line is at a disadvantage in this game, but they should hold their own better than most of Jacksonville’s opponents. Mahomes saw a very similar style of defense in Week 1 against the Chargers (who didn’t have Joey Bosa) and should have a very good feel for what he is seeing. Andy Reid should be able to create major schematic advantages against the predictable coverages Mahomes will be facing.
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