By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer
The Kansas City Chiefs faced another interesting task this past Sunday in its matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Playing without their starting quarterback Alex Smith and leading rusher Spencer Ware, both recovering from concussions, the Chiefs came out with another victory at Arrowhead Stadium versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The main key to the game was the strong play from the Chiefs defense, as they were able to keep Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles in check for most of the afternoon, despite Bortles finishing 22 of 41 for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
Kansas City got on the board first with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter, following a fumble recovery on a Chiefs punt. Chiefs signal caller Nick Foles was able to thread the needle, hitting Albert Wilson for a 23 yard strike to make it 7-0.
The Chiefs would add an interception just two drives later as second-year linebacker from the University of Georgia, Ramik Wilson, picked off Bortles, to put the Chiefs offense in good field position to add to their lead. A 26-yard field goal by Cairo Santos made it 10-0 Chiefs with just less than ten minutes remaining in the half.
However, Jacksonville would later set up a strong 11-play 88-yard drive to trim the lead to 10-7. Bortles found Allen Robinson in the end zone for a 1-yard strike with only two seconds remaining in the half.
Santos would add another field goal midway through the third quarter on a 51-yarder, making it 13-7 Kansas City. He would add another on the next Chiefs drive, this time from 24 yards out to make it 16-7.
After a missed 54-yard field goal from Jacksonville on the next drive, it was Santos who added to the score once again with a 36 yarder with 10:20 left in the fourth, making it 19-7.
The Jacksonville offense was able to set up yet another strong drive, traveling down the field and capping it with Bortles second touchdown pass of the game on a 13-yard touchdown reception by T.J. Yeldon, trimming the lead to 19-14. With over four minutes remaining in the game, it was then that the Jaguars appeared poised to pull out the upset win on the road.
Kansas City would then go three and out to set Bortles up with a chance to win the game. Jacksonville was able to drive down into Chiefs territory but ran out of luck, turning the ball over on downs, and ending all hope of coming out with a big road win.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin left the game for the Chiefs in the first series of the game and tight end Travis Kelce was ejected in the fourth after disputing a missed call by the officials. In the end, the losses from their key players did not hurt them but it certainly wasn’t what Kansas City was intending on happening. Kansas City will travel to Carolina next week, as the team expects the return of Alex Smith for the matchup against the 3-5 Panthers.