Kansas City Chiefs vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Four takeaways from week 1
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-26 in week 1 of the NFL season. Here are four major takeaways from the game.
The long wait for the Kansas City Chiefs 2019 season finally came to a close on Sunday as the Chiefs opened the NFL season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. While the game was marred by some key injuries and a lack of composure (mostly on the part of the Jaguars), it was still a very promising start to the season as the Chiefs went into Jacksonville and came away with a convincing 40-26 win.
The game was highlighted by Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins for the Chiefs. Mahomes finished the day 23-33 for 378 yards and three touchdowns. All three of those touchdown passes were pulled in by wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who had a career best day with nine receptions for 198 yards and the three touchdowns. Watkins’ career to date has been slowed by both injuries and a lack of consistency in terms of the coaches and systems he’s played within. This season Watkins is completely healthy and returning to the same exact offense he was in last season. Obviously, the results after one game look incredibly promising.
Another reason Watkins was leaned on heavily in this game is because the newly extended Tyreek Hill left the game with an injury in the first half and would not return. Hill wasn’t the only key player to not finish this game as Jacksonville lost starting quarterback Nick Foles to an injury as well and then later lost starting linebacker Myles Jack when he was ejected for throwing a punch at Demarcus Robinson. Jack wasn’t the only Jaguar to have control issues in the game. It seemed like the Jacksonville defense became easily frustrated by their inability to stop the Chiefs offense and turned to cheap shots and trash talking to try and make up for their subpar play on the field.
It’s just one game and we all know that things can change drastically from week to week in the NFL but I came away from the game with four major takeaways.
Let’s start with the one I think is the biggest takeaway of the game.