JACKSONVILLE – Look-ahead Wednesday.
Let's get to it …
John from Jacksonville
Hi KOAGF - I know it's early in the season but a victory over the Chiefs gives the Jags revenge, a two-game lead for homefield advantage and head-to-head victory for a tiebreaker. Huge stakes.
The 2022 AFC South Champion Jaguars play host to the defending Super Bowl and AFC West Champion Kansas City Chiefs at EverBank Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m. The Chiefs are 0-1 and the Jaguars are 1-0. The Chiefs beat the Jaguars in an AFC Divisional Playoff game last season. It's just Week 2. Fifteen games remain after that. Remember too: The Jaguars have games remaining against the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens after that. Those could be important, difficult games. But yes … Sunday is big.
Sean from Oakleaf, FL
A win on Sunday versus the Chiefs with an asterisk next to it is fine by me.
Why would there be an asterisk? It's a regular-season game with both teams having adequate time to prepare. The Chiefs could be without All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. OK. The Jaguars traveled to Kansas City in 2018 and the Chiefs won a one-sided game in which the Jaguars sustained multiple key injuries. The game in a sense marked the beginning of the end of that successful Jaguars era that spanned the 2017 and early 2018 seasons. The Chiefs have been a power team since. No one put an asterisk next to that Chiefs victory because the Jaguars were injured. Sunday's game will count as a victory or loss whoever plays tight end for the Chiefs.
WJ from Somewhere West of the Atlantic
O₃, master of an entire layer of our atmosphere, since you are known to be A Man Of Great Influence (and the KOAF), can you get Tom Coughlin inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars posthaste? Asking for a loyal fanbase.
I expect this comparatively soon. This is not a hard fact, only my expectation. It's time.
Josh from Atlanta, GA
In similar fashion to 2018, the opponent just differs from the New England Patriots. Would you expect a similar atmosphere? That game was electric.
The 2017 game against the Seattle Seahawks, 2018 game against the Patriots, 2023 game against the Tennessee Titans and the 2023 postseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers are the four best atmospheres at EverBank Stadium since I returned in 2011. I expect Sunday's atmosphere against the Chiefs to be similar. I expect a lot of atmospheres at the 'Bank like that moving forward. Big games between good teams are fun. People like them.
Nick from Virginia Beach, VA
Fans must have forgot the worst decade ever by an NFL team if they are complaining about winning. What's your favorite fan complaint?
They're all special in their own way.
Jeff in Waco, TX
The Chiefs are good and barely lost a scrapper without two of their best players. How do we win this game to prove ourselves real contenders this for the AFC crown?
Minimize mistakes on offense, pressure Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on defense – and tackle him when possible – and take advantage of opportunities for takeaways when they arise.
Don from Marshall, NC
Just makes you sick when a player goes down. The whole city of New York is traumatized. Nobody wants to see that happen. All I can to them is there is a guy named Blake Bortles and he can get you there. I want the best out there from the other teams when the Jaguars play. Injuries are the worst and you got to keep you head on a swivel if you're going to make it to the end. Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers should have just dropped and curled. Don't let them body snatchers grab your legs and twist them up like a pretzel. For quarterbacks, it better be Big Dog and Little Puppy approach or they will hurt you. Jaguars just need to keep their focus and remember the champs are looking for three straight for the era. Should be the game of the week and Go Jaguars!
When it comes to the BOAT, Don remains "all in."
Michael from Middleburg
HOW HARD IS IT TO GET A MICROPHONE IN THE GALLERY FOR INTERVIEWS WITH MEDIA!!! BECAUSE PRESS CONFERENCES AND MEDIA AVAILABILITIES ARE FIRST AND FOREMOST ABOUT THE MEDIA ASKING QUESTIONS AND RECEIVING ANSWERS FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL STORIES AND JOB-RELATED NEEDS. STREAMING THEM FOR FULL VIEWING FOR FANS IS AN ADDED BONUS THAT TEAMS TRY TO PROVIDE BUT NOT THEIR PRIMARY PURPOSE. AND I LIKE CAPITAL LETTERS, TOO. THEN STOP WASTING AIR TIME BECAUSE WE CAN NOT GUESS WHAT THE QUESTION WA !!
What "gallery?" Watch or don't. Your choice. But there is a choice.
Bradley from Sparks, NV
I think an impressive win, but I'm a little concerned that Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson turned over play calling duties to offensive coordinator Press Taylor. Should I be concerned?
I wouldn't be concerned about this at all. Taylor is a bright young offensive mind who will soon be an NFL head coach. Players respect him. Pederson trusts him. I would be surprised if fans in the long run notice any real change in play-calling between the two.
Zach from Ponte Vedra Beach
This probably won't happen, but I would love for interceptions caused by bouncing off a receiver's hands to be credited as an error instead of an interception on the quarterback, like how an error in fielding in baseball doesn't count as a hit against a pitcher.
This isn't a bad idea. But I don't expect it to happen, either. It would add another layer of interpretation to the statistic that would then require a judge of some sort to deem if it was a bad throw or bad catch. It would be fairer to the quarterback, but I don't know that it matters enough to the league to implement the change.
JagsSec203 from Saint Augustine
The "Roster Moves" article said Ross Blacklock was a "standard elevation" to the active roster today. What does that mean? Does that mean we can start with 54 instead of 53 players before declaring 48 active?
A "standard elevation" means a team elevated a player for that week from the practice squad. Teams can do this with two players per week and can elevate a player three times per season. The Jaguars, for example, had 54 players on the active roster including Blacklock Sunday with six players inactive for 48 available players.
Mark from Jax
Do you see Jawaan Taylor's lining up off the line of scrimmage prompting a Jaguar letter to the league ahead of the Chiefs game in Week 2?
The NFL is aware of how Taylor, how a tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, plays. He played much the same way when he played for the Jaguars from 2019-2022. The Jaguars don't need to send a letter to the league outlining what's already known.
Jason from North Pole, AK
The Jaguars defense has developed a pattern of struggling in the first half of games then looking really good late in games. Any speculation as to why?
The Jaguars' defense hasn't really struggled in its last six games. The unit allowed three points to the New York Jets and Houston Texans in Weeks 16 and 17 last season, then allowed 16 to the Tennessee Titans in Week 18. It allowed 27 points in the first half of an AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Los Angeles Chargers in which the Jaguars committed five first-half turnovers, so it wasn't the defense that was struggling. They also allowed 14 total points in Week 1 to the Colts. The other game in that span was an AFC Divisional Playoff game in which they allowed 27 total points to a Chiefs offense with the best quarterback in the NFL. The defense hasn't been perfect during that span, but there hasn't been much struggling.
Rob from Pittsburgh, PA
Hey, John. Do you think the refs are going to pay attention to Taylor this week for false start after Cris Collinsworth was calling it out?
I think the officials pay attention in all NFL games and they have paid attention to Taylor his entire career. I don't think Collinsworth has much to do with it.
Al from Orange Park
Jacksonville media, fans, and even players seem to be considering the Chiefs as one of our biggest rivals. I'm guessing all parties in KC aren't really taking that same view. Thoughts?
I haven't sensed many around the Jaguars – media, fans or even players – considering the Chiefs' rivals. They're not close to rivals. First, there's no history. Second, the Jaguars have lost the last seven meetings between the teams. I sense Jaguars players consider the Chiefs a really good team that they must beat. But no … I don't imagine anyone the Chiefs thinking of the Jaguars as a rival. The Jaguars have done nothing to earn that status.