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Week 5 Game Recap: Jacksonville Jaguars 14, Kansas City Chiefs 30


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Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars gave up a lead quickly against the Chiefs, and their offense crumbled under the pressure of keeping up with Kansas City. Ironically, the Chiefs' offense didn't play particularly well. The Jaguars' offense was so abysmal that they handed the Chiefs the game. As the second quarter went along, Bortles completely succumbed to the pressure of playing from behind in Arrowhead.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-14 to improve their record to 5-0. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 38 passes for 313 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Mahoms also ran four times for 13 yards and a touchdown. Running back Kareem Hunt rushed 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for seven yards. Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 61 yards and Sammy Watkins caught six passes for 78 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce led the Chiefs in receiving with five catches for 100 yards.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Blake Bortles, 83 offensive snaps, Pass: 33 - 61 - 430 - 1 TD / 4 INT, Rush: 4 - 34 - 1
Bortles played maybe his worst game so far as a pro. He looked uncomfortable from the very first drive, where he skipped a pass on third down. The Jaguars punted ball away, gave up lead, and further fell apart from there. He had four straight turnovers in the second quarter - on downs inside the 10 yard line, a stripsack by Dee Ford on the next drive, a pick six where he threw a screen pass right to a defensive lineman, and a redzone interception where he threw the ball off an offensive lineman's helmet for a tip drill. His third interception at the start of the fourth quarter came on a horribly airmailed pass over the middle. He was not hit or under pressure. He did have a 21 yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to cap off a garbage time drive. His final pass of the game was an interception on an underthrown endzone fade to DJ Chark.

RB T.J. Yeldon, 77 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 53 - 0, Rec: 8 - 69 - 1 (10 targets)
Yeldon showed in for the second consecutive week that he can be a viable producer even when game script tilts out of hand. Against the Jets he scored a receiving touchdown as the Jaguars were en route to blowing New York out. Against the Chiefs, a wheel route touchdown reception in garbage time salvaged Yeldon's day. He simply ran right past the Chiefs linebacker who was trying to defend him in man coverage. Yeldon was very productive running the ball early, he just got gamescripted out of good production on the ground. He did a really good job initiating offense and trying to get things back on track after falling behind 10-0, contributing positive run after positive run. His best carry of the day came on a lead draw on 3rd and 1 that he took for 17 yards.

RB Corey Grant, 2 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0
Grant appeared to roll his ankle on his only touch of the day. Donte Moncrief - Moncrief had a decently productive albeit unimpactful day. He continues drawing a significant amount of deep targets that are neither open nor catchable throws He got redzone backshoulder fade target that he got his hands on but could not come down with the catch through contact

WR Keelan Cole, 74 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 70 - 0 (10 targets)
Unfortunately for Cole, if he is not the go-to receiver in the route progression, he gets ignored for long stretches as Bortles settles into one-read-and-throw mode. Most of his production came on an over the shoulder 9 route where he beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and made a diving catch for a 32 yard gain. Rational coaching would dictate him seeing more of Moncrief's one-read-and-chuck deep targets.

WR Dede Westbrook, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 55 - 0 (5 targets)
Westbrook was completely uninvolved through the first half. Bortles seemingly made an effort to come out of halftime to get him the ball. His first target of the game came on the first drive of the 3rd quarter. He broke open on a shallow cross and took it for 30 yards. He also had a very nice diving catch on a Deep Over for 23 yards on the following drive. Besides that, Bortles did not look his way very often.

WR D.J. Chark, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 68 - 0 (4 targets)
Chark finally showed up to an NFL game without actively hurting his team. On the first drive of the game, he made a contested catch on a 9 route for 34 yards. He fought to work back to a ball thrown too far inside, tracked the ball and made the catch through (uncalled) pass interference. His second catch was just as impressive - an over the shoulder bucket catch also on a 9 route for 30+ yards. Fought through a (called) pass interference.

TE Niles Paul, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 65 - 0 (9 targets)
Paul figures to be the receiving tight end in a probably tight-end-by-committee if Sefarian-Jenkins misses time. He drew some underneath targets in garbage time, but nothing notable. The tight end is not a featured player in the Jaguars pass game.

TE James OShaughnessy, 36 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (6 targets)
O'Shaughnessy figures to be the blocking tight end in tight-end-by-committee. He caught a drag on 2nd and 6 with a step on his defender in the redzone, but is so slow the defender was able to recover and tackle him short of the first down marker.

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 23 offensive snaps (1 targets)
Seferian-Jenkins has been bothered all year by a core muscle injury. He started the game but left in the first half and did not re-enter the game.


Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes II, 70 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 38 - 313 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 13 - 1
Patrick Mahomes completed 22 of 38 passes for 313 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Jaguars on Sunday. Mahomes did manage to find the endzone with his legs though, rushing four times for 13 yards and a touchdown. It was the first game of the year that Mahomes failed to throw a touchdown pass, but he still did enough to move the offense and put up 30 points against perhaps the toughest defense in the league. Mahomes rushing touchdown came with the Chiefs on the Jaguars five yard line. Mahones lined up under center, took the snap and play action faked to Kareem Hunt on his left side. The play called for bootleg action and Mahomes did just that, although it was an interesting call because Mahomes rolled to the left, the same side that the fake went to Hunt. With Hunt selling the fake perfectly by running an immediate route to the left flat, the Jaguars were confused and did not pressure Mahomes, choosing to stay with Hunt as he ran to the sideline. Mahomes is too fast to allow a defender to recover in that situation and he was able to dive in the left side of the end zone for a touchdown. One of Mahomes most impressive plays of the day came on a third and 10 from the Jacksonville 43 yard line. The Jaguars lined up in what looked like man to man coverage, but just prior to the snap their cornerbacks gave room of the line of scrimmage and dropped back into a deep zone. Mahomes went through his progressions and his offensive line did a fantastic job of giving him a lot of time to make a decision. With Mahomes aware that the Jaguars were in zone coverage, he moved the cornerback on the right side to his shallow target, before delivering a strike to Sammy Watkins, who had sat down in the zone about 20 yards up the field. Watkins was able to catch the pass and pick up another 15 yards for a 33 yard gain. Mahomes first interception came on an overthrow to Hill in the middle of the field, where the ball just got a way from him, and his second interception came on a tipped ball to DeMarcus Robinson. Mahomes was one throw away from a much bigger game, as he had Tyreek Hill open running a deep go-route where he underthrew his speedy receiver. Mahomes has a cannon for an arm and throws an incredible deep ball, so it is nothing to be concerned about, but it was worth mentioning given how it may seem like the Jaguars defense was what held the Chiefs back on Sunday (despite scoring 30 points). All in all, it was not a great day for Mahomes statistics, especially given what we saw the first four weeks of the season. However, he is proving that he can still gut out games and move the offense when the Chiefs explosive plays are not coming as easily as they did to start the season.

RB Kareem Hunt, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 87 - 1, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)
Kareem Hunt 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for seven yards on two targets against Jacksonville. For most of the game Hunt was bottled up by a tough Jaguars defensive front, which was understandable given the fact that Jacksonville has a very talented secondary and can afford to put more pressure up front. Hunt’s stats are not entirely accurate of his success rate against the Jaguars though, as going into the last drive of the game for the Chiefs, Hunt had 15 carries for only 56 yards and a touchdown. Hunt was able to break free for a 15 yard gain—as well as a six and seven yard gain—during that drive, his longest run of the day, which helped his rushing stats look a bit more respectable. Hunt’s touchdown run came with the Chiefs on the Jaguars five yard line. Mahomes lined up under center and handed off to Hunt around the seven yard line. The Chiefs offensive line got a great push up front, clearing the way for Hunt to not get contacted by a defender until the two yard line. By that time, Hunt had gained steam and simply sidestepped quickly and made his way into the end zone. Hunt now has four straight games with a touchdown (and five touchdowns overall in that span), and continues to be a valuable fantasy commodity given the fact that he is the goal line back on perhaps the best offense in football. While is yardage totals might be inconsistent, Andy Reid has not wavered in his commitment to giving Hunt the ball over Spencer Ware.

WR Sammy Watkins, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 78 - 0 (8 targets)
Watkins caught six passes for 78 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars on Sunday. After missing most of last week’s game with a hamstring injury, Watkins returned against the Jaguars and looked very good against the Jaguars talented cornerbacks. Watkins long gain of the day came on a third and ten from the Jacksonville 43 yard line. Watkins lined up on the right side of the formation and ran an option route, where he had the choice of running a deep post to the sideline or settling in for a comeback route. Watkins ran his route to the outside as though he were running a post, but decided to break off his route when he saw there was no coverage in his vicinity. He settled into the soft spot in the zone and Mahomes delivered the ball after moving off the nearest defender to a shallow route by Hill, giving Watkins even more space to create after the catch. Watkins was able to gain another 15 or so yards after the catch and set up a first and goal for the Chiefs at the Jaguars 10 yard line.

WR Tyreek Hill, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 26 - 0, Rec: 4 - 61 - 0 (7 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 61 yards, while also rushing twice for 26 yards against the Jaguars on Sunday. Hill started the game on the right foot, taking a handoff in the backfield for a 40 yard gain on the Chiefs first play, although a holding penalty on Watkins reduced the gain to a modest 21 yards. Hill saw Jalen Ramsey for a better part of the day, which explains why his reception total and targets were down from his average, but that coverage also allowed Watkins and Kelce to total 178 receiving yards on 11 catches. Hill’s day could have been much bigger though, as he had at least two steps on two different Jaguars defenders on a deep ball where Mahomes underthrew him. That throw came from the Chiefs own 29 yard line and Hill made a play on the ball at the Jaguars 15 yard line. Given how open Hill was, that play could have easily been a 71 yard touchdown and given Hill five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. This is important to note because a player’s true value often doesn’t show up in the box score, and even going against an All-Pro cornerback like Ramsey, Hill was able to get wide open deep down the field. Mahomes won’t often underthrow a deep ball like that, so there are certainly quite a few big games in Hill’s future this season.

TE Travis Kelce, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 100 - 0 (8 targets)
Travis Kelce led the Chiefs receivers with five catches for 100 yards on eight targets against the Jaguars on Sunday. Since his quiet week one debut (one catch for six yards), Kelce has amassed 27 catches for 401 yards and three touchdowns in his last four games, including three games with 100+ yards. Kelce’s route-running chops were on full display against the Jaguars, as he straight up embarrassed their linebackers on several occasions. The first came on a second and 10 from the Jaguars 26 yard line. Kelce lined up in the right slot position and ran a very slow moving route for the first five yards, which turned out to be a ruse and a way to sell his fake. With the Jaguars Telvin Smith approaching him, Kelce stutter-stepped and threw a fake to the outside, as though he was going to run a shallow out-route to the right sideline. Smith completely went for the fake, and it was as bad as you’ll ever see a tight end faking out a linebacker on a route. Kelce then ran an in-route to the middle of the field where Mahomes threw him the ball. Kelce was able to pick up another seven yards after the catch and set up the Chiefs in the red zone. Kelce’s biggest play of the day though, came on a second and eight from the 50 yard line. Kelce ran a shallow in-route to the middle of the field and Mahomes passed it to him in stride. As soon as Kelce caught the ball, he put one foot in the ground and juked/pivoted back to the outside of the field, leaving linebacker Barry Church in the dust. Kelce ran the ball all the way down to the Jaguars nine yard line.