Chiefs vs. Jaguars: Key matchups to watch for Week 2

The Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) are visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) for Week 2 of the 2023 NFL season.
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2. Jawaan Taylor vs Josh Allen

Chiefs offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor and Jaguars edge rusher Josh Allen were both selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the same draft class. Their days of battling against each other have even deeper roots beyond practice. “Dealing with Jawaan, I’ve been dealing with Jawaan since college. We’ve been having battles way back from Florida-Kentucky," Allen said in this week's presser. "He knows what we can do, we know what he can do, if we continue to do what we’re supposed to do, I think we’ll have a good opportunity to go win some rushes.”

Allen started the season off with a bang. Last week versus the Indianapolis Colts he totaled 10 tackles and tallied 3 sacks. He was the 7th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft for a reason. Allen can get the advantage over offensive linemen using a combination of both speed and power.

On the other side, Taylor is extremely athletic for an offensive lineman. The Chiefs signed him to a 4-year contract worth $80 million this past free agency period. The talent he has is also evidenced by being selected in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see how these two compete when lined up across from each other on Sunday. 

How can Jawaan Taylor keep a familiar face in Josh Allen from dominating the trenches?