Pat Mahomes looked human against the Broncos defense in Week 4, at least until the last ten minutes. Although to give Denver its due, Mahomes needed all four downs a couple of times to pull off his last-minute comeback.
Was it the thin air of Mile High Stadium that affected Mahomes? Will he become the invincible passer we saw earlier in the season when he returns to sea level?
Or is it more likely the strong Broncos defense showed Jacksonville how to keep the upstart passer from Kansas City under control?
If Denver could slow Mahomes down that much, how will he do against the top-rated defense of Jacksonville?
And what about Blake Bortles against one of the worst defenses in the league? Except for the battle with the Titans, Bortles has looked like a quarterback worthy of the contract extension he received in the offseason.
The loss of Leonard Fournette won’t be expected to slow Bortles down. In fact, when Fournette is on the sideline, the entire offense seems to take things up a notch.
Jacksonville topped 30 points in two of its last three contests. Their young receiving corps continues to overperform. They are licking their chops thinking about the porous Chiefs’ secondary.
Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole offer a solid 1-2 punch, with veteran Donte Moncrief. Jacksonville has the 15th-ranked passing attack with a team that is supposed to be built around the run.
TJ Yeldon will start in place of Fournette. His 4.2 yards per carry is not stellar but is a half-yard more than Fournette. Blake Bortles 7.3 yards per carry will factor into the equation, too.
Kansas City’s reintroduced Kareem Hunt to the offensive game plan against Denver. Last year’s top rusher was rather quiet before then, but his threatening presence should help Mahomes get through any more struggles.
How to watch the Chiefs-Jaguars game
CBS Sports will broadcast this game to most of the central and southeast portions of the United States for cable and satellite customers.
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Who will win the Chiefs-Jaguars game?
Kansas City got through a near-miss in Denver to remain undefeated atop the AFC West. Mahomes faced his first taste of adversity and came through it with flying colors.
Kansas City also showed more diversity in their offense last week. That might have been to shield Mahomes from the pressure of doing it all himself, but in the end, that was Mahomes throwing for fourth-down conversions and the two touchdowns he needed to beat the Broncos.
Bortles is also feeling very confident in his game and the players around him. He also has the benefit of a stronger defense that can bail him out and put him in field position on occasion.
Ultimately, that will be the difference in the game. Mahomes might be anxious to get back on track with his assault on Peyton Manning’s touchdown records, but a stout Jaguars defense will slow him down and hand him his first interception of the 2018 season. Final score: Jaguars 28, Chiefs 24