Jaguars Report Card: Jaguars at Chiefs – Florida Times-Union
Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette grades the Jaguars against the Kansas City Chiefs based on performance, effort and game circumstances.
Two parts of the stat sheet don’t add up to a Jaguars loss. Their yardage total (449 yards) nearly doubled KC and an uncharacteristic 205 rushing yards – the franchise’s highest total since 2010 — would normally be a winning formula. But turnovers negated all that forward progress. Blake Bortles (22 of 41, 252 yards) threw one interception right to linebacker Ramik Wilson and almost had another pass picked off in the end zone. Fumbles by T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, who was about to cross the goal line with 8:23 left, proved to be the difference.
Other than not generating a turnover, what more could Todd Wash’s unit have done? The Chiefs were held to a season-low 231 total yards and an anemic 1-of-14 on third down. Kansas City’s starting position on its first four scoring drives were the Jaguars’ 23, 13, 38 and 30, then the KC 44 for the last Cairo Santos field goal. The Chiefs were missing starting quarterback Alex Smith, plus top receiver Jeremy Maclin and No. 1 tailback Spencer Ware, but it doesn’t change the fact the defense put forth what should have been a winning performance.
Special teams: F
After being somewhat of a strength last season, Mike Mallory’s unit has become a drag on the team. For the third consecutive game, a fumbled punt – this time by Bryan Walters — led to giveaway points (touchdown). The Jaguars also allowed a 36-yard punt return by Tyrek Hill to make it a two-score game. Marqise Lee provided decent field position with a 44-yard kick return, but that was wasted on Jason Myers’ missed 54-yard field goal. This unit