Chiefs vs. Jaguars: Odds Kansas City Leaves Jacksonville 1-0

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Regular season football is finally here. The Chiefs have a fantastic opportunity to start this year off right. Their first matchup will be the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida.

Earlier this week, one of our writers, Nicholas Alan Clayton, wrote a great article about not sleeping on the Jacksonville Jaguars.  I happen to agree with him. Jacksonville will be fired up for their home opener.

However, I am very confident that the Kansas City Chiefs will pull away with a victory in week one of the 2013 NFL season.

Although the Jaguars are not a good football team, they will be more difficult to beat than usual because of the aura surrounding this game. It is a home game and it’s the first game of the season. But you need to look at the talent on both sides of the field. The Kansas City Chiefs have more talent on both sides of the ball. It’s not even a question. Yes, I think Jacksonville’s defense is underrated, BUT I think defense is where the Chiefs will win this game.

Luke Joeckel will be facing a similar situation to what Eric Fisher will be for Kansas City. There is one big difference: Fisher will be going up against Tyson Alualu whereas Luke Joeckel will be facing a premiere pass rusher in Justin Houston. Blaine Gabbert is not a good quarterback to begin with. His options are very limited. The Chiefs will be keying Maurice Jones-Drew and will make it hard for him to make plays.

Here are some of the issues Blaine Gabbert will be facing when he goes up against the Chiefs defense: Justin Blackmon is suspended, Tamba Hali will be rushing from the other side, Dontari Poe will be rushing up the middle and Bob Sutton will overload either side with rushers. These are just some of the factors that will lead to Gabbert making mistakes and the Chiefs defensive playmakers capitalizing on them.

On offense, Smith should manage the game as he always does. Jacksonville ranked 30th in overall defense and rushing defense last year. Look for a good amount of running in this game. I think Andy Reid will see that and will capitalize on the Jags’ weak run defense.

The odds are in the Kansas City Chiefs’ favor this weekend. This game will be closer than people think, but the odds are that the Chiefs come away with a victory.

Topics: Blaine Gabbert, Bob Sutton, Dontari Poe, Eric Fisher, Jacksonville Jaguars, Justin Blackmon, Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs, Luke Joeckel, Maurice Jones-Drew, Tamba Hali, Tyson Alualu

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  • Fernando Garci-Crespo C

    I replace your reality and substitute it with my own…. Chiefs win BIG

  • Perch

    68-0 chiefs

    • PunjabiPete

      If they’re going to go that route, make it funny and go for 2 on one play… no reason leaving Jacksonville “owing them one”

  • Travis L Cummins

    Alex 19-20.. 600 yrds passing 6 td’s
    bowe 362 yards 4 td’s
    Charles 496 yards 7 td’s
    2 punts and a kickoff returned for td’s
    defense 8 turnovers 5 intsc3 fumble recovers…..as long as we are being absurd

    • PunjabiPete

      While I think those numbers are conservative ( I also have Andy Reid rushing for 213 yards and getting a pick 6) I agree with this post.

  • clay simester

    The Chiefs are a 4.5 point favorite, so the experts are seeing this as a close one

  • slapnuts

    Heading to jax on sunday…cant wait to see the revamped team get after it! I think they have been holding back a lot this preseason. As Dbowe said…get ready for bombs over Baghdad!!

  • Kenny Cember

    Hey guys remember we’re all on the same side here. I’m just looking at this game from a careful standpoint. I keep telling my dad jacksonville has no chance. I just think this is more of a buyer beware game. We can’t let down just cause Jacksonville has less than 5 decent players.

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