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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

September 17, 2023


The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 2 of the NFL season. The Kansas City Chiefs lost at home on Thursday night in week 1 of the NFL season to the Detroit Lions by a score of 20-21 while the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts on the road by a score of 31-21. Will the Jaguars improve to 2-0 on the season or will the Chiefs get the win on the road? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs enter this game with a record of 0-1 following a 20-21 loss at home to the Detroit Lions while failing to cover the 4-point spread as a home favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. Kansas City scored 20 points while compiling a total of 316 total yards offensively which included 226 passing yards and 90 rushing yards while allowing 21 points and 368 total yards defensively which included 253 passing yards and 118 rushing yards. 

Patrick Mahomes led the team in passing, completing 21 of 39 attempts for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also leading the team in rushing with 45 yards on six attempts. Marquez Valdes-Scantling led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 48 yards.

Jacksonville enters this game with a record of 1-0 following a 31-21 win on the road against the Indianapolis Colts while covering the 3.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. The Jaguars scored 31 points while compiling 342 total yards offensively which included 241 passing yards and 105 rushing yards while allowing 21 points and 280 total yards defensively which included 223 passing yards and 65 rushing yards. 

Trevor Lawrence led the team in passing, completing 24 of 32 attempts for 241 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 21 yards. Travis Etienne led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions for 27 yards. Calvin Ridley led the team in receiving, catching eight of 11 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown. 

BookMaker has the Kansas City Chiefs listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in week 2 of the NFL season. Kansas City has won eight of the last ten including the previous seven matchups in a row while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. 

The Chiefs are 0-1 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last season with a record of 8-11-1 ATS overall, 4-5 ATS on the road, and 6-10-1 ATS as a favorite while the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-0 ATS overall this season after finishing last year with a record of 10-9 ATS overall, 5-3 ATS at home, and 9-5 ATS as an underdog.

Both teams should be in the playoffs this season, however, Kansas City is the more talented team and should have Travis Kelce back for this matchup. The Chiefs have been the better team in the series, winning eight of the last ten including the previous seven matchups in a row while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. I look for those trends to continue in this matchup which is why I am taking the Kansas City Chiefs -3 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 2 of the NFL season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -3