Nov. 13 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
It has been 13 years since the Jacksonville Jaguars have beaten the Chiefs, and 2022 does not look any better for the Jaguars. The team is coming off the abysmal Urban Meyer era, where they earned the first overall draft selection for the second year in a row. Former Chiefs coach Doug Pederson is now in charge in Jacksonville and looking to fix one of the league’s worst franchises.
Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence was plagued with an ill-equipped supporting staff. The Jaguars tried to change that, by signing offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and wide receiver Christian Kirk to big-money deals this offseason. Jacksonville is the only team not blatantly rebuilding this season, but a winning record does not seem likely. Ultimately, Jacksonville will go as far as Lawrence and Pederson take them. Running back Travis Etienne will be interesting to watch, as he lost his rookie season to injury.
The Chiefs have won the previous five matchups, but this is a historically tight series. Chiefs lead the all-time series 7-6, with Kansas City losing four of the first five matchups. Kansas City’s recent success has paralleled Jacksonville’s decline, after reaching the AFC championship game in the 2017 season.
The Chiefs are just better coached and better built compared to the Jaguars. This Jacksonville team may be competitive though in the near future. In 2022 though, especially in Arrowhead, the Chiefs should run the Jaguars off the field.