The match up that most people are not even mentioning heading into Sunday’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs is the Jacksonville offense against the Chiefs defense. More specifically, the Jaguars passing offense against the Chiefs linebackers and safeties. The Jaguars offensive game plan should look pretty familiar as the previous couple of weeks.
The Jaguars should be targeting and exploiting the middle of the field of the Chiefs defense with wide receiver Dede Westbrook.
In Weeks 2 and 4 the Jaguars faced two defenses that had speed issues in the middle of the field (MOF). While the Jets have a good safety in Jamaal Adams, the rest of their MOF defenders have speed issues and often struggled in coverage when the Jaguars, more specifically Westbrook, attacked them with crossing patterns.
Here is the success Westbrook had against both the New England Patriots and New York Jets over the middle.
The Denver Broncos offense on Monday Night Football had some success against the Chiefs attacking the middle of the field, but their offense isn’t as geared towards it as the Jaguars offense is and has been through the first four weeks of the 2018 NFL season. You can also look back to the Week 2 shootout against the Pittsburgh Steelers and what they did with Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster to attack the middle of the field.
Here is what Smith-Shuster did to the Chiefs in Week 2. Look familiar?
It would also be a nice week to get running back Corey Grant involved in the passing game again, running more 2-running back sets with TJ Yeldon. Getting Grant in space against a defense like the Chiefs, that lacks speed and isn’t great tackling could lead to some explosive plays in space like he had against the Patriots Week 2.
The Kansas City Chiefs offense is the best in the NFL and Patrick Mahomes can kill you down the field from just about any arm angle or throwing platform, so it’s going to be tough to slow them down. That matchup is the one every one focuses on, but the real determining factor in the Jaguars success on Sunday will be if the Jaguars offense can continue to exploit the Chiefs in the middle of the field and either keep pace or keep the Chiefs offense off the field.