Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdown passes, including one to the returning star Travis Kelce and that Kansas City Chiefs overcame three early ball losses that needed to be beaten Jacksonville 17-9 Sunday for their third win against the Jaguars in 10 months.
Come on Chiefs (1-1) They won their eighth straight game in the series and avoided becoming the first Super Bowl champions since Denver in 1999, which started 0-2.
Come on Jaguars(1-1) who insisted all week that he owed the Chiefs something for losing in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs in January, virtually didn’t show up for his home opener.
The coach’s team Doug Pederson had another slow start, failing to capitalize on two of three turnovers and struggling to protect the quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence threw an incomplete fourth-and-12 play with 4:16 left in an eight-point game, and Kansas City didn’t let her Jaguars They will win the ball back.
Chiefs All-Pro Defensive Tackle Chris Jones, who made his season debut after ending his resistance and signing a one-year contract, dominated their one-on-one duels. Jones manipulated rookie right tackle Anton Harrison and was equally effective against the rest of the line. Jacksonville. Thanks to five QB pressures, he finished the game with two sacks.
Mahomes began hesitantly
With additional preparation time after a loss to Detroit ten days earlier in the NFL opener Chiefs They hoped to become much more of their usually dynamic selves on offense. But Richie James he botched a punt, Justin Watson fumbled and Mahomes threw an interception. Kadarius Toney who dropped three passes in the first game, fumbled late in the third but was able to recover the loose ball and prevent another turnover.
Mahomes completed 29 of 41 passes for 305 yards. He found Kelce alone in the end zone and extended KC’s lead to 14-6. CBS host Ian Eagle inserted a reference to the song into reports linking Kelce to pop superstar Taylor Swift, saying, “Kelce finds a blank spot for the score.” One of Swift’s many hits is “Blank Space”.
Kelce, who missed the first game due to a hyperextended knee, kicked the ball into the end zone to celebrate. He finished the game with four receptions on nine targets for 26 yards.
Come on Chiefs They converted twice on fourth down and outgained Jacksonville 399 to 271 yards. The Jaguars had several opportunities, but settled for field goals on two red zone missions, averaging just 4.2 yards per play.