More to come this week on the Jacksonville Jaguars but for now, here's some info to get you started.
Let the home stand begin. Six out of the next eight games are at Arrowhead Stadium. This weekend's game is against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let's take a glance at this week's opponent.
The last time these two teams met was last year on New Year's eve with a playoff spot on the line. Despite three turnovers, the Chiefs pulled out the win 35 to 30 and Larry Johnson had a monster day. He rushed the ball 33 times for 138 yards and three touchdowns.
The Chiefs are 2-4 all time against the relatively young Jaguars franchise. Each game has been relatively close but until last year this game hasn't been played without much on the line.
In 2007, the Jags currently have a pretty atrocious run defense. They're giving up an average of 137 yards per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their pass defense is ranked #4 overall, allowing only 150 yards a game. The Jags are 25th in the league in points scored, averaging 15.3 points a game. The Chiefs are a little below that, averaging 14 points a game. This next stat is what worries me about the Jags defense. They're #2 in the league in allowed points, allowing an average of 11.3 a game. Only the Bucs are doing better than that and not by much at 11 points a game.
The Jaguars are coming off of a bye week but considering how early in the season it is, I don't think that will be a factor. After Byron Leftwich was released, the Jags named David Garrard the starter. Garrard isn't playing too bad this year. He has a 64% completion rate with three touchdowns through three games. I do believe his immobility will be a problem against this Chiefs defense. My early week prediction is that the defensive problems the Chiefs create for Garrard will ultimately decide this game.
Anyone know much about the Jags or seen them play this season? I have to confess I haven't seen much tape, i.e. none.