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Week 1 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 40, Jacksonville Jaguars 26


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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-26 in their week one matchup on Sunday. Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off last year, continuing his MVP caliber play and completing 25 of 33 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six passes for 39 yards. Newly acquired running back LeSean McCoy showed that he still has plenty left in the tank, rushing 10 times for 81 yards while also catching one pass for 12 yards. Tyreek Hill caught only pass for five yards before exiting the game with an injury, with the Chiefs keeping him out for the remainder of the game as a precaution. In his absence, Sammy Watkins completely showed out, catching nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Travis Kelce caught three passes for 88 yards on eight targets.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The outlook for the entire Jacksonville Jaguars offense changed dramatically in the 40-26 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Early on in the first quarter, starting quarterback Nick Foles landed hard on his collarbone while throwing a touchdown pass and fractured his clavicle, leading to the Jaguars having to change their offensive game plan on the fly — both for Sunday and the foreseeable future.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 33 - 378 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 25 of 33 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing one time for two yards. Mahomes wasted absolutely no time in putting the rest of the league on notice this season, connecting with Watkins for a 68 yard touchdown on the Chiefs third offensive play of the game. With the Chiefs facing a third and three from their own 32 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the Shotgun formation and pump faked to the right side before going through his progressions. After pumping to the left side, Mahomes hit Watkins over the middle at the Chiefs 40 yard line. Watkins primary defender tried to jump the route but was late getting to the ball, allowing Watkins to turn the ball up-field. At the time of Watkins catching the ball, he is surrounded in a circle by six Jaguars defenders with only DeMarcus Robinson as a capable blocker. That wasn’t a problem for Houdini Watkins though, as he cut up the field and juked two Jaguars defenders out of their shoes while expertly using Robinson’s block to create an angle where the Jaguars defenders could not catch him on his way to a 68 yard touchdown. Mahomes next touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the 50 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center with four receivers bunched in the slot on both sides, with no offensive players lined up outside the hash mark. Mahomes play-action faked to Damien Williams in the backfield and then looked off the Jaguars safeties with his eyes, drawing coverage to the left side of the field. Mahomes waited for Watkins to run a shallow crossing route from the left to the right, only the played called for Watkins to turn upfield similar to a wheel-route. It was a genius level play call by Andy Reid, as by the time Watkins had turned up field, there was not a Jaguar defender within 10 yards of him. Mahomes threw a perfect lob pass to Watkins, capping off a 50 yard touchdown for their second connection of the game. But wait, there’s more! Mahomes finished his day with a third touchdown pass to Watkins, this time from three yards out with the Chiefs facing a second and goal. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, directing McCoy to motion to the left side of the formation before snapping the ball. On the right side, Watkins was lined up out wide and ran a quick drag to the middle of the field before stopping on a dime and pivoting hard to the right side of the end zone. It is a route that Travis Kelce has been using his size/speed combination to kill his defenders with the last two seasons, and Watkins followed his lead to a tee. Watkins quick cut gave him a step on his defender and then Mahomes threw a perfect pass out away to the sideline, which allowed Watkins to use his length to snag the touchdown catch without his defender having a chance to make a play on the ball.

RB Damien Williams, Rush: 13 - 26 - 1, Rec: 6 - 39 - 0 (6 targets)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also converting all six of his targets for six receptions for 39 yards. Williams was given the start after playing very well down the stretch last season, and although he was unable to break any big plays, he has proven himself capable of being a versatile and important component of the Chiefs offense. Williams does most of his damage in the passing game and in the red zone, and this game was no different. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Jaguars one yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed the ball off to Williams. Williams is a very patient runner in the red zone, and on this play he followed his blockers and made one cut inside to convert an easy touchdown. The signing of LeSean McCoy will undoubtedly take away from William’s volume, but he will continue to see high quality touches on the best offense in football, making him a very valuable commodity.

RB LeSean McCoy, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 81 - 0, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
LeSean McCoy rushed 10 times for 81 yards and caught his only target, for 12 yards in his debut with the Chiefs. McCoy showed that he still has plenty left in the tank, displaying the vision and cutting ability that has made him one of the best running backs of the current generation. McCoy may not have the durability to be a 300+ carry running back, but with the Chiefs he doesn’t need to be. The Chiefs will constantly put him in advantageous situations and with opposing secondaries forced to play the pass in almost every situation, McCoy is in a great position to be successful alongside Damien Williams this season. McCoy was able to take advantage of the Jaguars linebackers, as he was basically gifted the second level because Jacksonville could not match the Chiefs speed from sideline to sideline.

WR Sammy Watkins, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 9 - 198 - 3 (11 targets)
Watkins caught nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, striking fear in the Jaguars secondary every time he touched the ball. Watkins has always been thought of as having the natural talent to be a #1 receiver, which speaks to his speed, athleticism and strong hands. His problems were not of the football variety, but more his inability to stay healthy for long periods of time. In the Chiefs offense, Watkins is a luxury that matches up with opposing #2 cornerbacks, and that usually leads to one on one coverage. Watkins has a very solid season in his first year with the Chiefs in 2018, but there was an underlying thought that Watkins still had so much more to offer the Chiefs, which would have taken the offense to a completely new level, a scary thought when you have a third year MVP at quarterback and the architect of the NFL’s best offense. If week one is any indication of where the Chiefs are heading, and what role Watkins is going to play in getting them there, then sit back, relax and enjoy the show. It did not take Watkins long to set the party off for Kansas City, all of two plays actually. With the Chiefs facing a third and three from their own 32 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the Shotgun formation and pump faked to the right side before going through his progressions. After pumping to the left side, Mahomes hit Watkins over the middle at the Chiefs 40 yard line. Watkins primary defender tried to jump the route but was late getting to the ball, allowing Watkins to turn the ball up-field. At the time of Watkins catching the ball, he is surrounded in a circle by six Jaguars defenders with only DeMarcus Robinson as a capable blocker. That wasn’t a problem for Houdini Watkins though, as he cut up the field and juked two Jaguars defenders out of their shoes while expertly using Robinson’s block to create an angle where the Jaguars defenders could not catch him on his way to a 68 yard touchdown.

Watkins next touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the 50 yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center with four receivers bunched in the slot on both sides, Mahomes play-action faked to Williams in the backfield and then looked off the Jaguars safeties with his eyes, drawing coverage to the left side of the field. Mahomes waited for Watkins to run a shallow crossing route from the left to the right, only the played called for Watkins to turn upfield at its apex, similar to a wheel-route. It was a genius level play call by Reid, as by the time Watkins had turned up field, there was not a Jaguar defender within 10 yards of him and a perfect lob pass made it an easy 50 yard touchdown for Watkin’s second of the day. Watkins finished his day with a third touchdown catch from Mahomes, this time from three yards out with the Chiefs facing a second and goal. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, directing McCoy to motion to the left side of the formation before snapping the ball. On the right side, Watkins was lined up out wide and ran a quick drag to the middle of the field before stopping on a dime and pivoting hard to the right side of the end zone. It is a route that Travis Kelce has been using his size/speed combination to kill his defenders with the last two seasons, and Watkins performed the route in a similar fashion. Watkins quick cut gave him a step on his defender and then Mahomes threw a perfect pass out away to the sideline, which allowed Watkins to use his length to snag the touchdown catch without his defender having a chance to make a play on the ball.

WR Tyreek Hill, 12 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 16 - 0 (2 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught two passes for 16 yards on two targets, while also rushing one time for five yards. Hill left early in the game with what has been described as a “sternoclavicular joint injury” which was originally thought to be sending him to Injured Reserve. Hill managed to avoid IR, and the latest injury reports have him slated to miss somewhere between three and five weeks.

TE Travis Kelce, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 88 - 0 (8 targets)
Travis Kelce caught three passes for 88 yards on eight targets in the Chiefs win over the Jaguars in week one. Kelce is very rarely called an afterthought, especially when he finishes with an average of nearly 30 yards per catch. He was however forced to take a backseat to Watkins in this game, and it did not seem to bother him a bit as he was genuinely happy celebrating Watkins monster game. Kelce should have gone over the 100 yard receiving mark in this game, however he had three catches called back due to offensive penalties. Kelce made his presence felt despite having only three catches, as two of his catches went for 42 and 41 yards, respectively. Interestingly enough, both catches set up the Chiefs with first downs inside the Jaguars 40 yard line, but Kansas City was unable to come away with touchdowns, settling for field goals on both occasions.


Jacksonville Jaguars

QB Gardner Minshew, 47 offensive snaps, Pass: 22 - 25 - 275 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0
Minshew played most of the game in relief of Nick Foles and the sixth-round puck exceeded all expectations. After struggling with composure and accuracy in the preseason, Minshew looked calm, cool and collected at all points vs. the Chiefs, which is impressive considering he came off of the bench cold. He ended the game 22/25 for two touchdowns and one interception, which bounced off of Leonard Fournette’s hands. If Minshew can continue to show good decision making and an ability to distribute the ball, the offense might not falter as much as some say during his rookie year.

QB Nick Foles, 11 offensive snaps, Pass: 5 - 8 - 75 - 1 TD / 0 INT
Nick Foles only played two possessions (11 snaps) before suffering a fractured left clavicle when Chiefs defensive tackle landed on him hard. Before exiting the game, Foles was 5/8 passing for 75 yards and a touchdown. His first few throws were forgettable checkdowns, but his second drive featured a nice play when he shrugged off a Chris Jones sack and converted a 3rd and 18 with an accurate pass over the middle to Chris Conley. He capped the drive off with a beautiful 35-yard touchdown in the corner of the end zone to Chark, but that would be the same play that would end up sidelining him for the foreseeable future.

RB Leonard Fournette, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 66 - 0, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (6 targets)
Because of the collapse of the Jaguars defense, Fournette was only sparingly used against the Chiefs. The deficit simply became too large and they got away from the run. But before that, Fournette looked explosive, ran with a purpose, and showed better open died moves than he has in the past two seasons. He ended the game with 13 carries for 61 yards and four receptions for 28 yards. He lost his first career fumble, but aside from that he had a good day at the office. Maybe most encouraging was the way offensive coordination John DeFilippo utilized him early on. He moved him all over the field to put him in favorable situations, including lining him out wide to set up a tunnel screen that Fournette gained 12 yards on.

WR Chris Conley, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 97 - 1 (7 targets)
Chark was the star of the Jaguars offense Sunday after having a terribly inconsistent rookie season. His catching woes seemed to be behind him for at least Sunday as he showed strong hands and good ball tracking ability on both his 35-yard touchdown and his 69-yard catch and run. He provides a speed/size combo that only Chris Conley otherwise offers on the roster. He has improved his route running and if he remains consistent catching the ball, could develop into a legitimate WR2 for Jacksonville.

WR Dede Westbrook, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 2 - 0, Rec: 5 - 30 - 1 (6 targets)
Because of the collapse of the Jaguars defense, Fournette was only sparingly used against the Chiefs. The deficit simply became too large and they got away from the run. But before that, Fournette looked explosive, ran with a purpose, and showed better open died moves than he has in the past two seasons. He ended the game with 13 carries for 61 yards and four receptions for 28 yards. He lost his first career fumble, but aside from that he had a good day at the office. Maybe most encouraging was the way offensive coordination John DeFilippo utilized him early on. He moved him all over the field to put him in favorable situations, including lining him out wide to set up a tunnel screen that Fournette gained 12 yards on.

WR D.J. Chark, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 146 - 1 (4 targets)
Chark was the star of the Jaguars offense Sunday after having a terribly inconsistent rookie season. His catching woes seemed to be behind him for at least Sunday as he showed strong hands and good ball tracking ability on both his 35-yard touchdown and his 69-yard catch and run. He provides a speed/size combo that only Chris Conley otherwise offers on the roster. He has improved his route running and if he remains consistent catching the ball, could develop into a legitimate WR2 for Jacksonville.

WR Marqise Lee, 12 offensive snaps
Much like Cole, Lee also only played 12 offensive snaps and he was not targeted once on Sunday. He was however active for the first time after suffering a torn ACL last preseason, which is encouraging.

WR Keelan Cole, 12 offensive snaps
Cole only played 12 offensive snaps and he was not targeted once on Sunday. He is simply at the bottom of the team’s depth chart and with Nick Foles out, don’t expect that to change.