Kansas City Chiefs

Keys to the game for Chiefs’ Week 2 matchup vs. Jaguars


Jacksonville’s pass-blocking against the Colts in week one was stout as no offensive line graded below 69.8 on PFF. However, Brandon Scherff suffered an ankle sprain during the game, forcing the offensive lineman to exit the game. Since then, Scherff is expected to play in week two, but he may not be 100%.

The combination of potentially not having Scherff at full health and Jones making his return to the Chiefs’ defensive line, will be a focal point in the game. Kansas City’s pass rush could have a much more manageable task with its best defensive player returning. It will be interesting to see if Jones takes the majority of snaps despite missing the whole offseason.

With Jones back in the fold, it should open up pass-rushing opportunities for George Karlaftis and Felix Anudike-Uzomah. Even if Jones receives limited snaps, he will, with no doubt, make a major difference in Kansas City’s pass rush.

Creating consistent pressure on Trevor Lawrence will be important if the Chiefs want to have a chance of winning this football game. The 23-year-old quarterback has proven that he is a franchise quarterback, and with his tall stature and underrated athleticism, containing him in the pocket needs to be the defense’s top priority.

If the Chiefs can create pressure without dialing up blitz packages that include defensive backs rushing in, it will be beneficial for the secondary which needs to focus on Calvin Ridley, Christian Kirk, and Zay Jones.

Chiefs Wire USA Today