The Jaguars saw another opportunity to establish themselves as the dominant team in the AFC completely fizzle out, as the much anticipated match up between their #1 ranked defense and the #1 ranked offense of the Kansas City Chiefs and newly minted superstar Patrick Mahomes ended up with the Jags getting washed away in soggy, rain-soaked Arrowhead Stadium, 30-14.
The Chiefs much heralded offense got to it early and often, testing the strengths of the Jaguars defense at every level, and often with unprecedented success against the usually stout unit. By the time the Jaguars seemed to get it going, they found themselves down 10 and then the turnovers started from quarterback Blake Bortles.
In a game where the team desperately needed a “Good Blake” performance, they got a somewhat vintage Bortles game, and not in a good way, as he threw one pass on an intended screen play into the chest of a Chiefs lineman who returned it back for a touchdown. Another pick came as the team drove deep into Chiefs territory before the half while the game was still somewhat doable, but #5 threw it somehow into the back of AJ Cann’s helmet, and it was caught by a Chiefs defender in the end zone on the deflection. All told, Bortles accounted for five turnovers, including a fumble on a strip sack by Dee Ford, on the first play of a drive that was produced thanks to the Jaguars Tashaun Gipson getting the first pick on Mahomes of the season. Bortles finished with 416 yards passing, a career high.
The offense was toothless for a majority of the game outside of a couple of garbage time scores, and the defense couldn’t do enough to slow down the Chiefs when they needed to as their offense did mostly whatever it liked all game. It was very much reminiscent of the loss to the 49ers last season.
The loss moves the Jaguars to 3-2 and still tied with the Tennessee Titans, as they lost somehow to the Buffalo Bills 13-12. The Jags will get ready for another road trip next week against the Dallas Cowboys, and likely have a monster performance if trends hold true thus far this season.