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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs series history: AFC Showdown

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The Jacksonville Jaguars currently sit at 3-1 after dominating the New York Jets in Week 4. The Jags look like one of the NFL’s best teams right now, but arguably the toughest test of the season thus far looms for Jacksonville, as the team travels to Arrowhead Stadium to play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s time for your favorite weekly history lesson (maybe?), as we review the all-time head-to-head matchups between the Chiefs and Jaguars. Similar to last week against the Jets, Jacksonville and Kansas City have a somewhat limited sample size, but a closely contested series history.

Series history

All-time regular season series record: Jaguars lead 6-5

Postseason record: N/A

Last Jaguars win: Nov. 8, 2009 (24-21)

Last Chiefs win: Nov. 6, 2016 (19-14)

Current Streak: Chiefs have won three straight

Biggest Jaguars win: 24-10 (Nov. 9, 1997)

Biggest Chiefs win: 28-2 (Sept. 8, 2013)

Interesting takeaway: The Jaguars won six of the first eight meetings with the Chiefs, but have now dropped three in a row.

Quick thoughts: Again, Jacksonville dominated the series early on by winning four of the first five and six of the first eight, but Kansas City was able to take advantage of bad Jaguars teams in the past few meetings to bring the series back to close to even. The Jaguars have fared better in Duval, getting four of the six series wins at home. The Chiefs have won three of five at Arrowhead Stadium, and Jacksonville hasn’t won in Kansas City since 2007.

Last Matchup

Winner: Chiefs

Score: 19-14

Date: Nov. 6, 2016

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team Stats: Jacksonville — 252 passing yards, 205 rushing yards, 25 first downs
Kansas City — 187 passing yards, 62 rushing yards, 10 first downs

Quick recap: Nick Foles got the start for an injured Alex Smith and was OK. A Jaguars team that finished 3-13 thoroughly dominated a Chiefs team that finished 12-4, but found a way to blow it. Jacksonville out-gained Kansas City by 208 yards, and gained 15 more first downs than the opposition. However, the 2016 Jaguars were extremely turnover prone, and lost the turnover battle 0-4. Blake Bortles threw an interception and three different players lost fumbles. The Chiefs built a 19-7 fourth quarter lead, but a T.J. Yeldon touchdown cut it down to a five-point deficit. The offense would get one more chance to score, but could not do it.

Previous Matchup:

Winner: Chiefs

Score: 28-2

Date: Sept. 8, 2013

Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville

Team Stats: Jacksonville — 157 passing yards, 71 rushing yards, 12 first downs
Kansas City — 173 passing yards, 121 rushing yards, 17 first downs

Quick recap: This one was not pretty. The Jaguars actually took a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter on a blocked punt safety, but it was all Chiefs after that. Kansas City took a 21-2 lead into the locker room at halftime and coasted through the second half. Blaine Gabbert threw two interceptions, including a fourth quarter pick-six to Tamba Hali. The Chiefs also won the turnover battle in this game, with the two takeaways compared to zero for the Jags. Jacksonville never threatened in this one and it was a typical game during the Gus Bradley era.

Series By Decade:

1990s: Jaguars went 2-0

2000-2010: Jaguars went 4-3

2011-Present: Chiefs lead 2-0

Quick thoughts: This series was fun for the Jaguars in the beginning, winning both matchups in the 1990s and winning two of the first three in the early 2000s. The Jags dominated from the first matchup in 1997 through the fifth all-time matchup in 2004, winning four of the five games in that span. The Chiefs have won four of the last six games overall and three in a row, though.

This year offers us one of the most intriguing matchups of the 2018 season already, as two teams with a combined 7-1 record will face off with each other. Patrick Mahomes came down to earth a little bit this past week, but still had a good game and led his team to a comeback victory. It’s going to be really fun to watch Mahomes against the No. 1 pass defense in the league. On the other side, will Jacksonville’s offense be able to take advantage of Kansas City’s shaky defense? This is a true test for both teams.

This is a tough one on the road for Jacksonville. How will the Jaguars fare?


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