Chiefs vs. Jaguars: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The Kansas City Chiefs have a prime opportunity to get the new season started on a positive note when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
After spending more than a decade coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, head coach Andy Reid appears re-energized this season in Kansas City. He and general manager John Dorsey wasted no time engineering a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith, who is the unquestioned leader of the team's offense this year.
Jacksonville is also under new management this year. Former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was hired to be the team's head coach this year, but he inherited far less talent than Reid did in Kansas City.
Here's a quick look at this upcoming Chiefs-Jaguars game.
When: Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 42.5 pts.
- Spread: Jacksonville (+3.5)
Chiefs Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Allen Bailey||DE||Not Injury Related||Questionable|
Jaguars Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Blaine Gabbert||QB||right thumb||Questionable|
Can Blaine Gabbert Finally Live Up to First-Round Expectations?
Gabbert is "still on schedule" to start on Sunday, as noted by NFL.com's Dan Hanzus, despite the fact that he's still dealing with pain in his fractured thumb.
After a rough outing against Miami to open the preseason, the third-year quarterback rebounded nicely in the team's second game, passing for 165 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-16 passing with zero turnovers before getting injured.
The team made a strong investment to protect Gabbert when it drafted Luke Joeckel No. 2 overall this spring. It's now-or-never time for the young signal-caller to prove his worth. If he can't get the job done, then the Jaguars will inevitably be looking for his replacement in next year's draft.
There's little chance the Jaguars will win at home this week.
The Chiefs have an underrated defense that can get after the passer, and Gabbert has a tendency to lose his cool under pressure.
Which team will win?
Alex Smith already has a strong handle on Reid's offense, and he'll be smart with the football. Jamaal Charles is a dynamic back who will have a big game on the ground and through the air.
If Maurice Jones-Drew can rediscover his 2011 form, then the Jaguars have a slight chance of winning. It won't be easy against an underrated Chiefs front seven, though.
Chiefs win, 23-17
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