Jaguars Beat Up Chiefs, 17-7

The Jaguars bettered their record to 3-1, as they traveled to Kansas City and beat up the Chiefs, 17-7, in front of a crowd of 76,917. The Jaguars were efficient in all areas of the game, as they dominated in third down efficiency, time of possession, total yards, and rushing yards.

The Jaguars dominated the first half, offensively and defensively, as they've racked up 202 yards of total offense and allowed the Chiefs just 120, en route to a 10-0 lead. Second-year running back Maurice Jones-Drew was the star of the half for the Jaguars, as he ran for 72 yards on just five carries, including a 52-yard touchdown scamper. Jones-Drew also caught three passes for 30 yards, two of which going for first downs. Quarterback David Garrard has been sensational running the Jaguars short passing attack, as he has completed 10 of 13 passes for 98 yards, ending the half with a rating of 97.6.

Defensively, the Jaguars shut down Chiefs Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson, as he had just nine yards on seven carries. The only real weapon in the first half for the Chiefs was tight end Tony Gonzalez, who has caught five passes for 75 yards. The Jaguars won the first half time of possession battle, 19:06 to 10:54.

The second half seemed to be more of the same for the Jaguars, especially on defense, as they allowed the Chiefs just 151 yards, 70 of which came on the final drive, including the Chiefs only points of the day. Larry Johnson finished his day with just 12 yards on 9 carries, and the Chiefs had just 10 rushing yards on the day. Defensive stars for the Jaguars were Mike Peterson, who finished with six tackles, Rashean Mathis, who finished with five tackles, and Daryl Smith, who finished with four tackles, and two passes defensed.

In the second half, the Jaguars continued to beat up the Chiefs physically, and put the game on ice on a nine play, 81 yard drive that encompassed five minutes and three seconds, which was capped off with a David Garrard three yard touchdown pass to Dennis Northcutt, who had also caught a 40 yard pass on that drive. Northcutt ended the day as the Jags leading receiver, with four catches for 73 yards, and that one touchdown.

David Garrard continued his error free play, as he became the first quarterback in Jaguars history to not throw an interception in the first four games of the season. Garrard finished by completing 20 of 27 passes, for 218 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback rating was a sparkling 109.8. His 100+ rating in three consecutive games makes him the first Jaguars quarterback since Mark Brunell to have a rating better than 100 for three straight games.

Maurice Jones-Drew was the Jaguars leading rusher with 82 yards on just nine carries, and Fred Taylor helped move the chains with 51 yards on 16 carries. Overall, the Jaguars finished with 156 yards on the ground, on 35 attempts, including seven first downs.

This win catapulted the Jaguars to a 3-1 record, currently tied for second place in the AFC South with Tennessee. The Jaguars return home for the first time in nearly a month to take on division rival Houston, who are 3-2, next Sunday.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius NFL Radio, and Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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