Jaguars Will Have To Slow Down Johnson

The Jaguars continue to do a good job of locking up the players they want to keep. The latest was left guard Vince Manuwai, who got a long term extension that will keep him off the free agent market. He decided to take the extension rather than hit the free agent market.

GAME PLAN: This should be an entertaining one because it'll be a battle of strength against strength. The Chiefs will run Larry Johnson, the league's second leading rusher with 1651 yards, right at the Jaguars' run defense, which is ranked third in the league. The Chiefs aren't going to try to spread the Jaguars defense out with four and five receivers the way the Patriots did last week. "We can't be who we're not," coach Herm Edwards said. "It's too late in the race now to try to all of a sudden say, 'Hey, I've been running the 100, now I'm going to be a miler.' You have to know your strengths and play to them." The game will turn on whether or not the Jaguars can stop Johnson.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Jaguars DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson vs. Chiefs RB Larry Johnson. Last week, the Patriots spread out the Jaguars defense with four and five receivers and were successful running as well as throwing. That's not the Chiefs' style. They're going to run Larry Johnson into the teeth of the Jaguars' run defense, their two tackles Stroud and Henderson. This should be a fascinating matchup. The Jaguars pride themselves on teams not being able to run right at them and the Chiefs like to bang away with Johnson.
--Jaguars SS Gerald Sensabaugh vs. Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez is the Chiefs' leading receiver with 71 catches and he figures to be Trent Green's main target against the Jaguars because Sensabaugh is a second year player who's starting because Donovin Darius is out for the season. The Jaguars may need to give Sensabaugh some help in this matchup.
--Jaguars P Chris Hanson vs. Chiefs PR Dante Hall. Hanson has been inconsistent in his punts because of a hamstring injury and the dangerous Hall if always a threat to return one.

INJURY IMPACT: The Jaguars hope to get running back Fred Taylor back because he practiced Wednesday and is listed as probable with a hamstring injury. The Jaguars are waiting to see if the injury will flare up...S Deon Grant is doubtful with a hamstring injury so rookie free agent Jamaal Fudge is likely to start in his place.

--RB Fred Taylor, who had only two carries in the last 2 1/2 games because of a hamstring injury, returned to practice Wednesday and is probable for the Chiefs game.
--G Stockar McDougle is out of the Kansas City game with a sternum injury.
--S Deon Grant is doubtful for the Kansas City game with a hamstring injury.
--RB Maurice Drew missed practice with a knee injury, but he's listed as probable.
--CB Rashean Mathis missed practice with an undisclosed illness, but is listed as probable.

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