The Chiefs were notably trying to trade for defensive end Josh Allen ahead of the 2022 trade deadline. He now has the opportunity to show why fans wanted him so badly against the Chiefs.
The Jaguars are stacked with young pass rushers, including the first overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Travon Walker. Dawuane Smoot, Arden Key, and K’Lavon Chaisson nicely round out the group. But there can only be one alpha, and that is Allen. His 33 total pressures lead all Jacksonville defenders and are 12th in the NFL. His nose for the ball is developing, with two forced fumbles so far in 2022.
Allen is a problem for any NFL team. But with the Chiefs’ shaky performance at offensive tackle, Allen can impact the game in a big way. Chiefs tackles Orlando Brown Jr. and Andrew Wylie allowed 14 pressures. While Mahomes’ tendency to stretch out plays against the Titans caused some pressure, that doesn’t change that Brown and Wylie allow the second- and fourth-most pressures in the NFL, respectively.
Allen dominating either Wylie or Brown will not only disrupt Kansas City’s game plan but once again take control of the line of scrimmage against the Chiefs. In Kansas City’s closest wins or losses, most of the time the opposing defense has controlled the line of scrimmage. Look at games against the Chargers, Bills, and Titans for proof of that. If Allen and his wrecking crew set the tone early, Kansas City could be in for another dogfight.