The NFL is in Week 2 and the televised 6pm game on Sunday comes from Jacksonville, where the Jaguars host the Kansas City Chiefs at EverBank Stadium. We’ve previewed this one and given you our two juiciest picks.
These two franchises enter Week 2 in different spirits, with the Jaguars (6/4) 1-0 after a 31-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jags made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons last year and they will be looking to go deep this time, as QB Trevor Lawrence continues to mature.
Here, they take on a Kansas City (8/15) outfit that surprisingly lost on opening week, by a solitary point to Detroit Lions.
Many have attributed that loss to the lack of TE Travis Kelce and DT Chris Jones, who were injured and on a contract holdout respectively.
With those issues now ironed out and both men involved in practice this week, surely the Chiefs will be back to their old selves?
The Jags are sweating on the fitness of starting right guard Brandon Scherff and center Luke Fortner, who are suffering from ankle injuries and have been limited in practice. Gregory Junior and Anthony Johnson both missed training for the second straight day with hamstring issues.
As mentioned earlier, Andy Reid gave Kelce and Jones limited practice as they continue to ramp up towards game-day. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire was fit to play a full part in practice after missing out on Wednesday. L’Jarius Sneed missed his second day on the trot.
Chiefs – 3.5 Handicap @ EVS
The Chiefs weren’t that bad in Week 1. They were missing probably their two most influential players, bar MVP Patrick Mahomes, and still only lost by a single point.
Travis Kelce has been the best tight end in the league for years now and continues to break records, picking up a career best 12 TDs in the regular season last year to go along with 1338 yards. His four scores in the playoffs were one of the big reasons the Chiefs picked up another championship and he was badly missed last week.
Possibly missed even more was Chris Jones, who finally signed a one-year extension this week to end his contract hold-out so he can take the field again.
With Frank Clark gone to the Broncos, it’s left to the big #95 to bring the pressure on the opposing quarterback and it was no surprise there was only one sack registered on Lions QB Jared Goff last Thursday.
Lawrence is an exciting talent but when Jones bring the heat, don’t be surprised to see him flustered and possibly fumbling the ball.
I’m taking the Chiefs to cover the spread here… just.
Jaguars/Chiefs – Double Result @ 5/1
That said, conditions will be tough in Florida, with Hurricane Lee causing devastation just 300 miles to the east – and temps will be in the mid 80’s with plenty of rain.
The Jags should be more acclimatised to these conditions and I expect them to be leading at half-time.
Once Mahomes gets his radar in gear and starts to find Kelce and MVS with regularity, I think it’s only a matter of time before the Chiefs rein in the Jags.