Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
As NFL season 2 enters its second week, Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) prepare for what promises to be an exhilarating matchup. If you’re searching for free NFL picks for this contest, this guide offers in-depth analysis of both teams, including key players and trends with predictions you can rely upon.
Isiah Pacheco showed some moderate success in his debut game of the season with 8 rushing attempts covering 23 yards at an average of 2.9 yards per carry – showing some potential for improvement. Valdes-Scantling displayed his big play ability in Week 1, making two receptions for 48 yards on two receptions he made for Kansas City Chiefs. Although the sample size may have been limited, his 24 yards per reception reveals potential as a deep threat moving forward for them.
Travis Etienne made an outstanding debut performance, rushing 18 times for 77 yards and scoring one touchdown on 18 attempts. His average of 4.3 yards per rush attempt bodes well for their offensive success this season.
Calvin Ridley established himself as Trevor Lawrence’s favorite target during Week 1. His ability to create separation and gain yards after catch will be vital for the Jaguars team success.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Game Info
|Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET
|NFL Game Pass
Patrick Mahomes QB vs. Trevor Lawrence QB
Mahomes endured an inauspicious start to his season. Although he threw for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns, his overall performance fell short of our expectations. His 53.8% completion rate was significantly lower than career norms, while 5.8 yards per pass attempt indicated reduced efficiency when moving the ball downfield. Furthermore, Mahomes committed one interception while taking no sacks, leading him only to achieve an uninspiring passer rating of 77.5. Mahomes has always been known for his arm strength, field vision, and ability to make plays out of nothing – all hallmarks of great quarterbacking performance. Unfortunately, during Week 1, we didn’t witness much of Mahomes’ signature magic. Mahomes only managed 226 passing yards across 39 attempts, which is cause for alarm.
On the other side of things is Trevor Lawrence, who lived up to all expectations during his NFL debut. Complete 75% of his passes with two touchdowns and only one interception for 241 yards at an impressive yards per attempt figure of 7.5; nearly two yards better than Mahomes’ Week 1 figure! Lawrence took two sacks yet still maintained an impressive passer rating of 103.8, reflecting efficiency and poise beyond being an inexperienced rookie quarterback. Lawrence made an impressive NFL debut, showing his arm strength and accuracy. His decision-making seemed sound for a rookie quarterback, and he quickly established a rapport with Calvin Ridley of all wide receivers. Furthermore, Lawrence excelled under pressure, evidenced by his higher passer rating, which gave the Jaguars hope of an entertaining contest with the Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Kansas City Chiefs -181, Total Odds: 51
The Chiefs are favored by a -3.5 spread at -110, and their moneyline stands at -181. With a total of 51 o at -110, the bookies expect a high-scoring affair. The Jaguars, on the other hand, have a +3.5 spread at -110 and a moneyline of +161, with the under at 51 set at -110.
Kansas City Chiefs Betting Trends
Kansas City has established an excellent record against Jacksonville, including an outstanding 7-0 mark SU over their last seven games against them and 9-2 performance on the road during this same timeframe.
Jacksonville Jaguars Betting Trends
Jacksonville has posted an impressive 7-1 ATS and 7-1 SU record over their last eight games, showing strong recent form. Furthermore, they boast an unblemished home record (5-0 SU), but struggled against Kansas City – especially at home where they went just 1-4 against them last time out.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 9/17/23 Betting Picks
Given the compelling statistics, historical trends, and recent form of both teams, this game is tough to call. However, considering the Chiefs’ dominant track record against the Jaguars and the inexperience of Jacksonville’s squad, we would lean towards Kansas City covering the -3.5 spread. For those using the best bookie software, we would recommend putting your money on the Chiefs, particularly given their strong away game statistics.
Free Pick and Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs will win 31-24