The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville this Sunday, and the Chiefs are favored in this one by 4 (According to Bovada.lv). The matchup is a battle of the worst teams from 2012, as the Chiefs and Jags picked first and second respectively in this year’s draft.
While both teams had similarly terrible 2012 seasons, it’s what they did after those seasons that will matter in this game. While Jacksonville stayed put for the most part in free agency, Kansas City has turned over more than half of its roster (56.6% being new faces), and upgraded significantly at quarterback.
Though Kansas City has made the most changes, these teams still look very similar in a few ways. Both teams sport shiny new tight tackles in rookies Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, as well as top-level running backs in Maurice Jones-Drew and Jamaal Charles. They both have larger no. 1 receivers in Dwayne Bowe and Justin Blackmon (though Blackmon is suspended for this game), and both have tiny, dynamic players in Dexter McCluster and Denard Robinson.
The difference will be Kansas City’s defense, and that’s why I think that this is a fair line. I see Blaine Gabbert having a tough time handling Kansas City’s pressure, and will take the Chiefs to cover the 4 points.
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