Chiefs get poor marks in win over Jaguars
By Andrew Jones
The offense was bad on Sunday. How bad? They finished one drive with points that started outside of Jacksonville territory. That drive started at the Kansas City 44-yard line. It ended after the Chiefs failed to get a first down following a double unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on Travis Kelce. At that point the game had reached its ugliest.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles struggled throwing 20-of-33 for 187 yards and one touchdown. Luckily he didn’t have an interception in the first quarter as he consistently overthrew Albert Wilson. I still believe that Alex Smith does not miss this pass to Tyreek Hill. The run game didn’t save the Chiefs either. Charcandrick West couldn’t get traction with only 39 yards on 13 carries. When they ran Hill around the edge they had success but only tried that play twice.
It mostly comes down to the injuries on the offensive side of the ball. Without Alex Smith, Spencer Ware, and Jeremy Maclin the offense loses rhythm. The offensive line was unable to open holes for the running game and while they played well in pass protection, Foles couldn’t accurately find the holes in the Jaguars defense.
Remember this is a Jaguars defense that let just about every other team move the ball at will. Those clamoring for a more permanent quarterback change got a real look at what the offense is with Foles. He’s a solid backup, but there’s a very apparent reason for his role. With Smith back next week the offense will find more continuity.