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Jaguars-Chiefs preview: Keeping it real

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Thanks to our pals at SB Nation’s Jaguars blog, Big Cat Country, for answering our Jaguars-Chiefs questions. I must say, they keep it real about their team, who is not very good. I can respect that. Check out my answers to their questions here and the other side of our Q&A below.

1. If you could give me one reason why the Jaguars haven't had a winning record in the past 10 years, what would it be?

BCC: The fans booing. No, honestly ... I don't know. Probably because our quarterbacks and coaches have been awful. 2007 was our last winning season. Since then, we've had a declining David Garrard, Blaine Gabbert, and Blake Bortles. And our coaches have been a Jack Del Rio looking for any reason to get out of town, Mike Mularkey and Gus Bradley. Add to that we had an ownership transition from Wayne Weaver looking to sell to Shad Khan who, as it looks, has no idea what he's doing. Oh, and our drafts haven't really been that good for the most part. So, in answer to your question ... everything?

2. I thought Blake Bortles was good. What happened?

BCC: He turned out to be actually not good and, in fact, bad. What happened, in my opinion, is a complete regression of everyone around him -- including coaches -- and a personal backslide with a lot of contributing factors. One being he opted not to spend time with Tom House or any other quarterbacks coach like he did in the 2015 offseason and only now, in the middle of Week 9, is he doing something about it. My opinion is he just doesn't take preparation seriously enough. Why would you opt not to use every tool at your disposal? Why not use the offseason to get better in a pivotal developmental year like this one?

3. Enough bagging on the Jags ... where is there some promise? What are the Chiefs game planning for?

BCC: Throw away from Jalen Ramsey. That's literally all you'll have to do. The Jaguars offense is awful and our interior run defense is gashed. Nick Foles and Charcandrick West are going to have field days. The game plan is to not make mistakes. Don't fumble the handoff, don't accidentally throw it Ramsey's way and don't botch anything on special teams and you'll win by 20.

4. The Chiefs are hoping to get some momentum with their pass rush. What is the Jags o-line like?

BCC: Surprisingly good in pass protection. Running the ball is a different story, but pass protection is a bright spot. Every week we break down film on every sack on Blake Bortles and do our best job at assigning blame. Through the first seven games, the offensive line has been responsible for just 11.5 sacks. That's not bad. Our weak link is the edge rush. If you have speed to get around Kelvin Beachum and Jermey Parnell, you'll have an easy time.

5. The Chiefs have to run the ball in the second half of the year. Will the Jags challenge them?

BCC: No. There's literally nothing good I can say about the Jaguars run defense. Roy Miller is out for the year and he was the most important run defender on the team. Sunday is going to be an unmitigated disaster.

Bonus: Your score prediction

BCC: Chiefs win 35-14. I wish I were joking.